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Topknot Pigeon

(Lopholaimus antarcticus)
Alternate name(s): "Flock Pigeon";
NB: The name "Topknot Pigeon" (or "Toppy") is often mistakenly used for the Crested Pigeon.

Size: 40-45 cm
Weight: 470-600 g
Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food Call/s    

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Topknot Pigeon at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sex unknown

Frontal view of an adult Topknot Pigeon (photo courtesy of M. Mearns)
[Lady Elliott Island, Capricornia Cays NP, QLD, January 2016]

Frontal view of a Topknot Pigeon (photo courtesy of R. Plumtree)
[Near Kyogle, NSW, August 2013]

Lateral portrait of a Topknot Pigeon (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Springbrook NP, QLD, February 2017]

Lateral view of a Topknot Pigeon (photo courtesy of L. Scott)
[Roseberry Creek Valley, near Toonumbar NP, northern NSW, October 2016]

Topknot Pigeons perched high up in a tree (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Julatten, QLD, July 2013]

Near-dorsal view of a Topknot Pigeon (photo courtesy of L. Scott)
[Roseberry Creek Valley, near Toonumbar NP, northern NSW, October 2016]

Dorsal view of a Topknot Pigeon
[Ravensbourne NP, QLD, March 2016]

Lateral view of two Topknot Pigeons in flight above rainforest
[Dorrigo NP, NSW, January 2011]

Different viewing angle from underneath of two Topknot Pigeons
[Dorrigo NP, NSW, January 2011]

Lateral view of a Topknot Pigeon in captivity (photo courtesy of C. Hayne)


Near-lateral view of a juvenile Topknot Pigeon; note the absence of a prominent crest
[Ravensbourne NP, QLD, March 2016]


Social behaviour: Communal Mobility: Sedentary/dispersive Elementary unit: Flock

Food, Diet

All pigeons and doves are strictly vegetarian. Topknot Pigeons are primarily fruit-eaters.


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.

topknot_20160313.m4a (S QLD) Contact calls?
(3 distant, frog-like calls)
© MD
topknot_20160313_6.m4a (S QLD) Contact call?
(Low-pitched, frog-like call)
© MD

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