Family Pigeons, Doves (Columbidae)

Least Concern

Topknot Pigeon (Lopholaimus antarcticus)


Taxonomy

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

Columba Antarctica

Shaw

, 1793,

New South Wales, Australia

.

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

Distribution:

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

Voice

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

Habitat

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

Breeding

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

Movements

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 https://www.hbw.com/node/54401 on 18 January 2018).