Spinifex Pigeon (Geophaps plumifera)
Red Spinifex, Plumed Pigeon
The Spinifex Pigeon is a rusty/bluff coloured, medium to small plump bird
with a tall upright crest and black and buff crescentric bars on the upper parts
of the body and wings. They have a conspicuous red patch across the eyes.
The habitat is usually in spinifex and rocky ranges, gorges, even in hilly
sandy ridge regions. Never far from water. Mainly in Central Australia, northern
parts of Western Australia, Northern Territory and outback Queensland regions.
We have seen them at Kings Canyon in the
Watarrka National Park, the off-road
track en-route to the Birthday Waterhole and the
Alice Springs Desert Park.