The Crested Pigeon (Ocyphaps lophotes) is a bird species native to Australia. It is a medium-sized pigeon, measuring around 30 cm in length, with a distinctive crest of feathers on its head.
The crest consists of a fan-shaped arrangement of feathers that the bird can raise and lower at will.
Crested pigeons are typically found in open habitats such as grasslands, savannas, and agricultural areas.
They are seed-eaters and will feed on a variety of plant seeds, including those of grasses, weeds, and crops. They also drink water regularly, and can be seen around waterholes and other water sources.
The birds are known for their distinctive calls, which are often described as a mournful or whistling cooing sound.
They are monogamous and mate for life, with both parents sharing the responsibilities of building the nest, incubating the eggs, and caring for the chicks.
Crested pigeons are a popular sight in urban areas of Australia, where they can often be seen feeding on grass and seeds in parks and gardens.
They are not considered threatened, with their population currently stable and not showing any signs of decline.