French: Colombine marquetée German: Buchstabentaube Spanish: Paloma escrita
Shoalwater Bay, Queensland, Australia
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.
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
Not very vocal. In display, utters a faint phrase of three mellow coos, of which the first is... read more
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
Limited data suggest that breeding occurs all year round, with a peak in the dry season; readiness for breeding is apparently strongly... read more
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
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