Family Pigeons, Doves (Columbidae)

Least Concern

Squatter Pigeon (Geophaps scripta)


Taxonomy

French: Colombine marquetée German: Buchstabentaube Spanish: Paloma escrita
Taxonomy:

Columba scripta

Temminck

, 1821,

Shoalwater Bay, Queensland, Australia

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Closely related to G. smithii. Races rather poorly defined, and broad zone of intergradation in Queensland between S slopes of Einasleigh Uplands and N edge of Burdekin lowlands#R. Two subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • G. s. peninsulae H. L. White, 1922 – NE Queensland from C Cape York Peninsula S to Burdekin R, excepting coastal lowlands.
  • G. s. scripta (Temminck, 1821) – C & S Queensland (S of Burdekin R) and N New South Wales.
  • Descriptive notes

    26–32 cm; 200–225 g. Face and throat boldly striped black and white; rest of head, neck and upperparts light grey-brown with paler fringes giving scaly appearance... read more

    Voice

    Not very vocal. In display, utters a faint phrase of three mellow coos, of which the first is... read more

    Habitat

    Open Eucalyptus woodland and associated savanna. In past, may have occurred on open plains... read more

    Food and feeding

    Feeds primarily on seeds, with some insects, particularly in wet season; takes both native and introduced plants, the most important plant... read more

    Breeding

    Limited data suggest that breeding occurs all year round, with a peak in the dry season; readiness for breeding is apparently strongly... read more

    Movements

    Little known, but apparently only makes movements on local scale. Like G. smithii, largely... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Status poorly known; survey work needed. Nominate race considered vulnerable by RAOU. No population estimates available. Has declined severely... read more

    Recommended citation

    Baptista, L.F., Trail, P.W. & Horblit, H.M. (2018). Squatter Pigeon (Geophaps scripta). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/54195 on 20 July 2018).