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Chestnut-quilled Rock Pigeon

Petrophassa rufipennis

The chestnut-quilled rock pigeon (Petrophassa rufipennis) is a dark sooty brown pigeon with a distinctive bright chestnut patch on its wing visible in flight. It has distinctive pale lines across its face curving above and below its eye. A species of bird in the family Columbidae, it is very similar in behaviour and habitat to the white-quilled rock pigeon but it is only found on rocky escarpments in western Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory of Australia. The chestnut-quilled rock pigeon is a dark sooty brown pigeon with a distinctive bright chestnut patch on its wing visible in flight. This patch is often hidden in the folded wing. It has black lores and pale spots on the head and neck, chin and throat is whitish. Fine grey lines extend around the eye extending from above bill and turning over and behind eye; the other from base of bill passing below eye and beneath ear-coverts.
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Bryn Pickering
02 Jul 2023 - 12:41pm
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