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!
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!
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!
36 - 38 centimetres
240 - 260 grams