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Wonga Pigeon

(Leucosarcia picata [melanoleuca])
Aboriginal name: "wonga-wonga"
Size: 35-40 cm
Weight: 250 g (average)
Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Wonga Pigeon at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Lateral view of a Wonga Pigeon foraging on the ground (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Copeland, NSW, February 2013]

Lateral view of a Wonga Pigeon foraging on the ground (photo courtesy of R. Plumtree)
[Cape Conran Wildlife Caravan Park, Cape Conran, East Gippsland, VIC, October 2007]

Close-up near-lateral view of a Wonga Pigeon in captivity (photo courtesy of C. Hayne)


Wonga Pigeons spend a lot of time foraging on the ground. When flushed, they fly up into the upper canopy with massive wing beats.

Food, Diet

All pigeons and doves are strictly vegetarian. Wonga Pigeons are fruit-eaters.

These pages are largely based on our own observations and those of our contributors. For more salient facts on any bird species please refer to a field guide.