The Brown Cuckoo-doves, Macropygia phasianella, are found in eastern Australia from Weipa and Aurukun in the north to Bega in the south and most inland at Atherton and Toowoomba.
They tend to fly short distances and low to the ground with great strength.
The Brown Cuckoo-doves inhabit rainforest, scrubs, and rainforest regrowth areas. They can generally be found in open places of low vegetation. They are usually seen in pairs or groups.
This pigeon averages 40 to 43 cm (16 to 17.2 inches) in length. Its feathers are of a rich rusty-brown color. The male will tend to have a slight rose/green coloration on their necks. It has a very long tail and short wings.
Its call is a very loud “whoop-a whoop”.
Diet / Feeding
They feed on berries from both native plants and introduced weed species.
Nesting / Breeding
Breeding takes place in spring and summer. Their platform nest is made out of sticks and vines, and situated either in a fork of a tree or on top of a low tree.
The hen usually only lays one creamy, white egg.
Further Dove Information
- Dove Information
- Index of Dove Species
- Photos of the Different Dove Species for Identification
- Doves & Pigeons as Pets