Hunting for a stone pigeon

Among all the pigeons that live in Australia, there are only two species of birds, whose heads are adorned with upstanding cute tufts. This is a sharp stone pigeon (Latin Geophaps plumifera) and one of his closest relatives is a crested bronze-winged dove.

Those wishing to admire these feathered Australian aborigines will have to climb deep into the desert and arid regions of the mainland, as the sharp-stoned stone pigeons chose the hottest areas in the north, north-west and center of Australia for life.

Almost merging with the color of the plumage with the scorched heat of a stony desert, sharp stone pigeons feel more comfortable in these conditions. Their rusty-orange tufts here and there slip in between the fragments of stones, almost without standing out against their background.

These pigeons are so hardy that they go out in search of seeds in the hottest hours, when their competitors and predators escape from the scorching rays of the sun. They have adapted so well to such a life that even their chicks need only a week to learn how to fly and feed themselves.

However, like all living creatures, sharp stone pigeons need a source of moisture, so during a drought they gather around small depressions in the soil, which during the rainy season are filled with water and turn into real oases for the birds living here.

From September to November, when the rainy season ends, the mating pigeons begin the mating season. Choosing a secluded place under the stone, the female claws outlines a small space and encloses it with grass. In this kind of nest, she lays two oval eggs, which for 16-17 days are incubated by both parents.

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