Torres Strait Island Pigeon
Check out Australia Zoo’s Torres Strait Island Pigeon!
Australia Zoo’s very own Rainforest Aviary is home to a variety of spectacular bird species, including the Torres Strait Island pigeon! Keep your camera handy as you might be lucky enough to spot one of these beautiful birds up close.
The Torres Strait Island pigeon is also known as an Australian pied imperial pigeon. They are found throughout forests of northern Australia and Papua New Guinea and can be identified by their striking white plumage and greyish-silver outer-wings! These stunning birds are herbivores so they feed on forest fruits, seeds, berries and plant matter. Occasionally, they will also eat small insects.
During the breeding season, from August to January, the Torres Strait Island pigeon will migrate from Papua New Guinea to northern Australia, where they will incubate and raise their young.
During the 1900s, the Torres Strait Island pigeon population was abundant as far south as Cairns. Unfortunately, due to hunting for meat and sport they are now extinct from this area and confined to regions further north. Their population is now on the incline as they are considered a protected species and one of least concern. Woo-hoo!
38 - 44 centimetres
540 - 560 grams
26 - 28 days