WONGA PIGEON PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS:
The Wonga Pigeon Leucosarcia
melanoleuca is a pigeon that inhabits areas in
eastern Australia with its range being from Central
Queensland to Gippsland, eastern Victoria,
Previously they could be found as north as Cairns and
as south as the Dandenongs, but due to land clearance,
shootings in the 1940s for crop protection and fox predation,
they are rarely seen in these areas, but their populations
have improved in these areas.
The Wonga Pigeon is a large, plump pigeon
that has a short neck, broad wings and a long tail.
WONGA PIGEON DISTRIBUTION and HABITAT:
They are very elusive birds
and are only often heard, producing explosive wing claps
when disturbed. They tend to occur on the ground forraging
and are located in rainforests, wet eucalypt
forests, coastal forests, picnic areas, walking tracks,
carparks and gardens.
WONGA PIGEON SIZE:
Its length varies from 38 to 40 centimetres
(15.2 to 16 inches). It has pastel blue-grey
. The head fades to a creamy-white colour.
The underside is white with dotted dark grey spots such
that a white V can be seen on its chest. They eyes are a
dark red-brown colour and they have pink eye-rings
encircle them. Legs are red and the genders appear identical
but immature pigeons
are browner with a less distinct
WONGA PIGEON DIET:
fruit, berries, seeds from native forest trees and the odd
WONGA PIGEON NESTING AND BREEDING:
The Wonga Pigeon
between October and January. It produces
a twig platform nest
with a diameter of 30 centimetres.
is build from about 3 to 20 metres above
the ground and defending by breeding pairs
. The pigeon
will sometimes use abandoned nests
from Topknot Pigeons
or Tawny Frogmouths. Two large eggs
laid. The eggs
are up to 4 centimetres in length.