Aust birds    Bird names   News   1-26    Habitats    Key plants    Glossary    Plumage    Nests    Tips    Thumbnails    Gen. info    Sponsors    Photos for sale   
NON-PASSERINES     1    2    3    4    5    6    7    8    9    10     11     12     13     14 15     16     17     18     19     20     21     22     23     24     25     26     PASSERINES
Common names sorted alphabetically: A   B   C   D   E   F   G   H   I   J   K   L   M   N   O   P   Q   R   S   T   W   Y  
Have birds left a mess around your place? We recommend to try a professional cleaning service.

11

White-headed Pigeon

(Columba leucomela)
Alternate name(s): "Baldy", "Baldy Pigeon"
Size: 38-40 cm
Weight: 470 g (average)

Similar species

Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

Click here for a physical description

Taxonomy, classification

See White-headed Pigeon at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

Click here for information on habitat and range

Sightings

Click here for sighting information

Photos

ADULT

MALE

Full-frontal view of a male White-headed Pigeon on the ground; note the absence of any grey mottling around the head or neck (photo courtesy of M. Mearns)
[Ravensbourne NP, QLD, June 2016]

Frontal view of a male White-headed Pigeon
[Near Gloucester, NSW, June 2009]

Lateral view of a male White-headed Pigeon on the ground (photo courtesy of M. Mearns)
[Ravensbourne NP, QLD, June 2016]

Lateral view of a partly moulting male(?) White-headed Pigeon
[Urunga, NSW, August 2015]

Lateral view of a partly moulting male(?) White-headed Pigeon, now with its head turned
[Urunga, NSW, August 2015]

Near-dorsal view of a male White-headed Pigeon
[Currumbin Valley, Gold Coast, QLD, May 2014]

FEMALE

Frontal view of a female White-headed Pigeon
[Currumbin Valley, Gold Coast, QLD, May 2014]

Frontal view of a White-headed Pigeon, now with its head turned sideways and illuminated by sunlight
[Currumbin Valley, Gold Coast, QLD, May 2014]

Near-lateral view of a White-headed Pigeon; this bird's mottled plumage may indicate that it is moulting (photo courtesy of A. Ross-Taylor)
[Currumbin Valley, Gold Coast, QLD, May 2014]

White-headed Pigeon in its typical habitat, high up in a treetop
[Dorrigo NP, NSW, January 2011]

Five out of a total of up to 30 White-headed Pigeons seen by us
[Near Gloucester, NSW, June 2009]

Three White-headed Pigeons (photo courtesy of Y. English)
[Gosford, NSW, January 2010]

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

Frontal view of an immature White-headed Pigeon
[Urunga, NSW, August 2015]

Frontal view of an immature White-headed Pigeon with its head turned
[Urunga, NSW, August 2015]

Close-up lateral view of a male White-headed Pigeon with juvenile/immature offspring (photo courtesy of M. Mearns)
[Ravensbourne NP, QLD, June 2016]

Close-up lateral view of a male White-headed Pigeon with juvenile/immature offspring (photo courtesy of M. Mearns)
[Ravensbourne NP, QLD, June 2016]

Lateral view of an immature White-headed Pigeon (photo courtesy of M. Mearns)
[Ravensbourne NP, QLD, June 2016]

Near-dorsal view of a male White-headed Pigeon with juvenile/immature offspring (photo courtesy of M. Mearns)
[Ravensbourne NP, QLD, June 2016]

Food, Diet

All pigeons and doves are strictly vegetarian. White-headed Pigeons are primarily fruit-eaters. What brings them close to humans is often their taste for the berries of privet.

Lateral view of a male White-headed Pigeon taking a fruit
[Currumbin Valley, Gold Coast, QLD, May 2014]

Male White-headed Pigeon drinking water from a waterhole (photo courtesy of R. Plumtree)
[ear Kyogle, NSW, in September 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.

whpige_20150328_4.mp3 (N NSW) Q&A © MD
whpige_20150328_5.mp3 (N NSW) Q&As © MD
whpige_art_20140125.mp3 (SE QLD) Contact calls © ART

These pages are largely based on our own observations and those of our contributors. The structure of these bird pages is explained HERE. For more salient facts on any bird species please refer to a field guide.

Would you like to contribute photos or sound recordings to this site?
If interested, please CLICK HERE. Credits to contributors are given HERE.