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Brown Cuckoo-Dove

(Macropygia amboinensis)
Alternate name(s): "Slender-billed Cuckoo-Dove", "Brown Pigeon", "Large-tailed Pigeon", "Pheasant Pigeon", "Brownie"
Size: 40-45 cm
Weight: 205-270 g
Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Brown Cuckoo-Dove at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "phasianella"

ADULT

MALE

Frontal view of a male Brown Cuckoo-Dove; note the purple hue (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Cooroy, QLD, December 2017]

Here some Brown Cuckoo-Dove TLC, with the male on the left and the female on the right (photo courtesy of L. Scott)
[Roseberry Creek Valley, near Toonumbar NP, northern NSW, September 2016]

Dorsal view of a pair of Brown Cuckoo-Doves, with the male on the right and the female on the left; the female lacks the purple hues visible in the male's plumage (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[St. Albans, NSW, March 2018]

Dorsal view of a pair of Brown Cuckoo-Doves, with the male on the right and the female on the left; the male is clearly going through a tail moult (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[St. Albans, NSW, March 2018]

FEMALE

Lateral view of a female(?) Brown Cuckoo-Dove - photo taken with a flash; when observed, the bird was picking up rests of fruit from the ground, possibly from scats of other birds
[Dorrigo NP, NSW, August 2009]

Lateral view of a female(?) Brown Cuckoo-Dove - photo taken without a flash in early dawn light, it gives an impression of the bird's real colours, as they will be perceived in faint daylight
[Dorrigo NP, NSW, August 2009]

Dorsal view of a female(?) Brown Cuckoo-Dove (photo taken with a flash)
[Dorrigo NP, NSW, August 2009]

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

Near-lateral view of a juvenile Brown Cuckoo-Dove (photo courtesy of A. Ross-Taylor)
[O'Reilly's Plateau, Lamington NP, Gold Coast, QLD, November 2013]

Lateral view of a juvenile Brown Cuckoo-Dove (photo courtesy of A. Ross-Taylor)
[O'Reilly's Plateau, Lamington NP, Gold Coast, QLD, November 2013]

Lateral view of a juvenile Brown Cuckoo-Dove taking a fruit (photo courtesy of C. Charles)
[Near Coolum, Sunshine Coast, QLD, January 2013]

Near-dorsal view of a juvenile Brown Cuckoo-Dove (photo courtesy of A. Ross-Taylor)
[O'Reilly's Plateau, Lamington NP, Gold Coast, QLD, November 2013]

Lateral view of a juvenile Brown Cuckoo-Dove (photo courtesy of C. Hayne)
[Raleigh, NSW, May 2013]

Rescued juvenile Brown Cuckoo-Dove after an accidental run-in with farm machinery (photo courtesy of R. Oakes)
[Sunshine Coast hinterland, QLD, September 2015]

Race "quinkan"

ADULT

MALE

Frontal view of a male(?) Brown Cuckoo-Dove; note the purple hue - the mottled appearance may indicate that the bird is moulting (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Julatten, QLD, July 2018]

Dorsal view of a male(?) Brown Cuckoo-Dove (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Julatten, QLD, July 2018]

Behaviour

Two male Brown Cuckoo-Doves sparring (photo courtesy of L. Scott)
[Roseberry Creek Valley, near Toonumbar NP, northern NSW, September 2016]

Food, Diet

Lateral view of a male(?) Brown Cuckoo-Dove taking a fruit (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Julatten, QLD, July 2018]

Lateral view of a juvenile Brown Cuckoo-Dove taking a fruit (photo courtesy of C. Charles)
[Near Coolum, Sunshine Coast, QLD, January 2013]

Call(s)/Song

For this species we have recorded the following call(s)/song. The interpretation of their meaning is our own; comments and suggestions for improvement are welcome.

brcdove_20160311.m4a phasianella
(NE NSW)
Contact calls © MD
brcdove_20160314.m4a phasianella
(S QLD)
Contact calls © MD
brcdove_art_20131125.mp3 phasianella
(SE QLD)
Contact calls (Q&A?) © ART

We have also recorded the wing beat of a Brown Cuckoo-Dove.

brcdove_20140521_2.mp3 phasianella
(NE NSW)
Departure from ground © MD

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