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Crested Pigeon

Ocyphaps lophotes

Quick Facts

Scientific name: Ocyphaps lophotes
Class: Bird
Weight: 5 to 10 ounces
Conservation status: Least concern
Life span: 10 to 15 years
Number of offspring: 2 eggs at a time


I Live In Australia

The crested pigeon is native to Australia and can be found all across the mainland in lightly wooded grasslands.

I Am An Herbivore

A crested pigeon will most often find native seeds to consume, as well as some crops, weeds, and leaves. Occasionally this bird will also feast on insects.

Crested Pigeons are Social

This species is a somewhat social bird. They often feed and drink in groups. Both male and female crested pigeons will take part in incubating eggs.

Two Left Feet

This bird species is known for their characteristic whistling sound that occurs when they take flight. This sound occurs when air passes over a modified primary feather.

Helping the Crested Pigeon in the Wild

The crested pigeons at the Zoo is enrolled in the Species Survival Plan (SSP). SSP is a program implemented by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) to help ensure a genetically viable population exists.

I Am Important To My Ecosystem

The crested pigeon plays an important role in seed dispersal and distribution in their ecosystem.


Learn more about our efforts, our conservation partners around the world, and the simple steps you can take to contribute.