French: Géopélie à nuque rousse German: Kupfernackentäubchen Spanish: Tortolita humeral
Other common names:
Subspecies and Distribution
G. h. gregalis
Bangs & J. L. Peters, 1926 – SC & SE New Guinea.
G. h. headlandi
Mathews, 1913 – Pilbara region of WC Western Australia.
G. h. inexpectata
Mathews, 1912 – N Western Australia E to NE Australia (Cape York Peninsula).
G. h. humeralis
(Temminck, 1821) – E Australia S of Cape York Peninsula.
26–30 cm; 110–150 g. Upperparts light greyish brown, paler and tinged with pink on the upperwing-coverts, forming a distinctive pink shoulder bar; large chestnut... read more
A high-pitched, melodious “coolicoo”; also an emphatic “hook-coo, hook-coo, hook”. read more
Shrubby woodland and transition zones between woodland and swamps or mangroves; a characteristic... read more
Food and feeding
A varied diet of small seeds, with a small amount of leaves and buds. Near Port Moresby, SE New Guinea, an introduced weed (... read more
Can breed all year round, but most nesting apparently occurs in late wet and early dry seasons, a period of food abundance for granivorous... read more
Sedentary, undertaking only local movements. Flight is strong and direct, without undulations.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. No population estimates available. Common throughout most of its sizeable range. In New South Wales, distribution has apparently expanded since late... read more
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