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Crested Pigeon

Crested Pigeon
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Copyright: Syed Abid Hussain (Hussain58) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 258 W: 2 N: 901] (4745)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2015-11-19
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/40 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2016-01-01 7:41
Viewed: 2300
Points: 12
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I took shot of this beautiful Crested Pigeon (Ocyphaps lophotes) in the suburban campus of La Trobe University in Melbourne, Victoria.This bird rested under a tree just beside the library of the university.I was always looking for opportunities to shoot birds while on training there.All said I found fewer chances to photograph birds but whatever photos i was able to take, I am glad to have then , for they are a part of the precious memory which will always stay with me.


The Crested Pigeon is a stocky pigeon with a conspicuous thin black crest. Most of the plumage is grey-brown, becoming more pink on the underparts. The wings are barred with black, and are decorated with glossy green and purple patches. The head is grey, with an pinkish-red ring around the eye. If startled, this pigeon takes to the air with a characteristic whistling flight, and glides with down turned wings. The whistling sound is produced by the air passing over a modified primary feather on the wing. Upon landing, the pigeon swings its tail high in the air.
Similar species:

The Crested Pigeon is one of only two Australian pigeons that possess an erect crest. The Spinifex Pigeon, Geophaps plumifera, markedly smaller (20 cm - 24 cm) than the Crested Pigeon, has cinnamon coloured plumage and a bright red facial patch. The much larger (40 cm - 46 cm) Topknot Pigeon, Lopholaimus antarcticus, has a shaggy, reddish brown drooping topknot.


The Crested Pigeon is native to Australia and is common throughout most of the mainland.

The Crested Pigeon is found in lightly wooded grasslands in both rural and urban areas. It is usually found in the vicinity of water, as it has to drink every day, and is absent from the denser forests.

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Hello Abid,
A masterpiece.....Perfect shoot and composition. No doubt it is one of the most sharp image with amazing accuracy I have seen in the past weeks.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2016-01-01 10:28]

Hello Abid,
Very beautiful photo of a pigeon I photographed in captivity. Excellent sharpness and beautiful natural colors. Taken from a very good POV.
A Happy and Healthy New Year.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2016-01-01 11:24]

Hi Abid,perfect capture of this curious pigeon with a nice crest on the head,very good quality of sharpness and colors despite the shadow position,i like it! Happy new year and thanks,Luciano

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2016-01-01 14:38]

Hello Abid,
I have had a love for pigeons since a young boy as I watched my cousins flock fly overhead. This particular bird is a real beauty with it's stunning wing markings and crested head. You have done a wonderful job of photographing it for us. Love the excellent detail you managed to capture and the exposure is right on the money.

Hi Abid,
Perfect capture of this pigeon.


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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2016-01-03 11:08]

Hi Syed,
Another great image. Really beautiful pigeon,excellent sharpness details
and gorgeous natural colours.
Regards Jiri.

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