Family Pigeons, Doves (Columbidae)

Least Concern

Topknot Pigeon (Lopholaimus antarcticus)


French: Carpophage à double huppe German: Haubenfruchttaube Spanish: Paloma bicrestada

Columba Antarctica


, 1793,

New South Wales, Australia


Proposed race minor from N of range (CE Queensland) appears untenable. Monotypic.


E Australia from Cape York (Queensland) S in coastal lowlands and adjacent highlands and plateaux to S New South Wales. Vagrant farther S (Victoria and Tasmania).

Descriptive notes

40–45 cm; 475–600 g. A large pigeon with a broad, rather long tail; feathers of forecrown elongated, forming distinctive forecrest curling up from bill and swept... read more


Not very vocal. Utters short, guttural, low-pitched croaks either singly or in irregular series,... read more


Rain forest in tropical, subtropical and temperate zone; closed, wet sclerophyll forest; sometimes... read more

Food and feeding

Frugivorous, feeding on a variety of fruits and berries 5–25 mm in diameter. Important food plant families include Arecaceae,... read more


Appears to peak in local spring and early summer, but may occur over a long period; nests with eggs in Jun, Aug, Oct, Nov and Dec. Solitary... read more


A nomadic, flocking species that moves over great distances in response to food availability; local... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Numbers of present species much reduced due to habitat destruction and hunting; protection of remaining rain-forest habitat across the range of this... read more

Recommended citation

Baptista, L.F., Trail, P.W., Horblit, H.M. & Boesman, P. (2018). Topknot Pigeon (Lopholaimus antarcticus). 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 on 18 March 2018).