Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Wild Bird Wednesday 227 - Chestnut-quilled Rock Pigeon

Not too many pictures this week - and not too much text either.

I was really pleased to find (or if the truth be told, be shown) these birds when I was in Kakadu.  These birds are Chestnut-quilled rock pigeons.  Rather confusingly their scientific name, Petrophassa rufipennis, means 'red-winged rock pigeon' - now I wish taxonomists would make up their mind's!

This bird has a very restricted distribution, only being found in a small part of Western Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory.  These birds were all drinking from a dripping tap in carpark at Ubirr.

Hardly a wilderness experience, but another example of the birdwatching  adventures that can be found in unexpected places!






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25 comments:

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

They have a very pheasant look.

Phil Slade said...

Hi Stewart. A new one for me. It seems that there are many pigeon and dove species that take readily to man and his environment. Equally there are some that remain difficult to get close to, with this one falling into the first category. Interesting plumage that seems a little nondescript but is in fact quite useful in concealing the bird.

Chris Rohrer said...

This is a good looking bird!

Missy George said...

A pigeon by any other name.....Pretty coloring...I have no birds to share this week...

Kenneth Cole Schneider said...

Nice photos. It is interesting that they have such a limited range. Maybe not very adaptable.

Silver Parrot said...

Interesting-looking pigeons. So different from any of the pigeons we have here. Body/head shape actually looks more like our doves.

Gayle - venturesinphotos said...

I'm always amazed at the variety of birds found around the world.

mick said...

Great photos of a very interesting bird. Nice to see it - noo matter where!

NatureFootstep said...

this is a dove we did not see on the trip I was. We did not even have it on out birdlist. Probably because we did not visit this place. A beautiful dove:)

Linda W. said...

I love all your photos of unusual (at least to me) birds.

Jo said...

Hi Stewart, what an amazing pigeon. Thanks for hosting this meme. I've explained about what "a servitude" is in my post today. Greetings Jo

photodoug said...

Stewart, not your everyday street pigeon. Thanks for sharing.

Breathtaking said...

Hello Stewart!:) This is another new one for me, very different than the pigeons I have seen before, and it has unusual but attractive plumage, and I also like the eye stripe. I hope you won't mind my entry for this week, I know it's stretching it a bit!!:)

anotherday2paradise said...

Lovely captures, Stewart. He's really gorgeous. :)

Andrea Priebe said...

A handsome, almost metallic looking pigeon ... similar to the Spotted Dove in Thailand but more majestic :) It seems that there isn't an age limit per say om the Visa that my son would need ... he expects to come through the company he works for, but not right away. We are going to lay low and see what happens ... so far it isn't good, but time will tell. Thank you for your help :)

Andrea @ From the Sol

A Quiet Corner said...

What a stunning bird, Stewart!!!...:)JP

Lea said...

Handsome!

Linda said...

I don't see red so I'm going along with chestnut.

bettyl-NZ said...

What an interesting bird. I didn't know there were so many pigeons in the world!

Ana Mínguez Corella said...

Beautiful series of photos.. Lovely pigeon..

Marie C said...

Love the patterns on this pretty pigeon! I will hopefully be joining in with some bird shots of my own again soon! Five more days till we leave!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

i usually think pigeons are nothing to get excited about, but in this case that would be wrong. Beautifully patterned.

David Gascoigne said...

No matter where you found it, it's a handsome and Interesting pigeon. Wish I had been with you!

Pat Tillett said...

I have neither seen, nor heard of this beauty.
Great pics Stewart.

Pat Tillett said...

Fantastic photos! Even better when enlarged.