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Spinifex Pigeon

"Australian Native Birds" series : # 4

The Spinifex Pigeon (Geophaps plumifera) is one of two Australian pigeons that possess an erect crest, the other being the Crested Pigeon. The Spinifex Pigeon is the smaller of the two species, measuring from 20 to 24 centimetres (8 to 9.6 inches).

There are three races; the White-bellied Spinifex Pigeon (Geophaps plumifera plumifera) which is found in the arid areas of northwestern and northern Australia. (Geophaps plumifera leucogaster) with a variable extent of white on the belly, found in central Australia and north-western Queensland. And the Red-bellied Spinifex Pigeon (Geophaps plumifera ferruginea) which is found in the Pilbara, Western Australia.

Otherwise, all races have plumage that is rusty-coloured and blends into the red soils of the arid areas. They also have a bright red facial patch around the eye with a ring of black and grey facial patches. The pigeons have black striations on their wings. The sexes are difficult to distinguish.

Generally they live in stony areas with low woodlands and spinifex grasses. They are nomadic and terrestrial. The pigeons are seed eaters and are dependent on waterholes recharged by wet season monsoonal rains and showers. As the dry season progresses, they concentrate around the ever-decreasing water sources. They are often found in pairs or groups.

Their flight is low and fast, often flipping and gliding in the flight. The species breeds in spring and summer or after rain. Two white eggs are laid in the shelter of a spinifex bush.

They are also very fast runners.

And those markings were a PAIN to paint...

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Awesome! :D
All we have are pigeons and some odd other birds here... Why can't we have interesting birds like this

Anyway, looks really good. Keep drawing, all these birds are really good to look at