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Wonga Pigeon

(Leucosarcia picata [melanoleuca])
Aboriginal name(s): "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]

Distant lateral view of a Wonga Pigeon in dry sclerophyll woodland
[Capertee NP, NSW, December 2015]

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.


For this species we have recorded the following call(s)/song. The interpretation of their meaning is our own; comments and suggestions for improvement are welcome.

wonga_20140526.mp3 (NE NSW) Contact calls
(partial sequence)
© MD

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