Wonga Pigeon

Wonga Pigeon

Check out Australia Zoo’s Wonga Pigeon!

Australia Zoo’s very own Rainforest Aviary is home to a variety of spectacular bird species, including the wonga pigeon. Keep your camera handy as you might be lucky enough to spot one of these beautiful birds up close!

 

Wonga Pigeon laying on a dark surface.

 

The wonga pigeon is found from south-east Queensland all the way down to Gippsland in Victoria. They are a ground dwelling pigeon that frequents clearings such as picnic areas, walking tracks, carparks and roadsides, usually close to rainforests.

 

These gorgeous pigeons are often observed foraging on the ground for seeds, fallen fruits, plant matter and occasional insects. Wonga pigeons will develop life-long, monogamous relationships and will defend their nest sites with a series of threatening displays, including clicking, blowing and charging towards potential intruders!

 

Wonga Pigeon at night standing on the ground.

 

Unfortunately, the wonga pigeon is preyed upon by feral cats and foxes. Like many pigeon species, during the 1900s they were hunted for their meat and for sport. Today, they are a protected species and one of least concern. Woo-hoo!

  • Class of animal icon
    Class

    Aves

  • Genus of animal icon
    Genus

    Leucosarcia

  • Species of animal icon
    Species

    melanoleuca

  • height of animal icon
    Height

    36 - 38 centimetres

  • weight of animal icon
    Weight

    240 - 260 grams

  • diet of animal icon
    Diet

    Herbivore

  • gestation of animal icon
    Incubation

    18 days