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A photo of a White-headed Pigeon (Columba leucomela), male
White-headed Pigeon, Male

White-headed Pigeon

Columba leucomela

The white-headed pigeon (Columba leucomela) is a pigeon native to the east coast of Australia. The white-headed pigeon draws its name from its distinctive white head, neck, breast, and belly. In males, the wings are slate grey, along with the tail. The upperparts are grey black, with a green or purple iridescence. The bill is pink to dark red, but with a yellow or white tip. The legs and feet are pink to red. Females appear similar to males, but their white coloration is less brilliant and more muddied. Juveniles are similar to females, but with a greyer head and darker gray underparts. Juveniles have greyer feet, legs, and bills, with the bill white tipped. Adults range from 38โ€“42 cm from beak to tail, and weigh around 420 g. The eye ring and legs are red and the eyes are pale orange or yellow. Their call is loud and gruff sounding like "WHOO!" followed by a gruff inhalation sounding "uk" (repeated three times). Sometimes the call is a low "oom".
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