Bronzewing
Male, back
Ellura
Bronzewing
Male, Head, profile
 
    
Bronzewing (Phaps chalcoptera)Class: Animal (Animalia) - Chordate (Chordata) - Bird (Aves)
Order: Dove and Pigeon (Columbiformes)
Family: Dove and Pigeon (Columbidae)
Species: Bronzewing (Phaps chalcoptera)
This Photo:     Male, Underwing
Other name: Bronzewing

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee) & in the Adelaide Hills
Native pigeon. Bright, metallic green and bronze wing patterns.
Solid dull bronze underwing.
Clumsy / scatty.
The green and bronze reflections in the wings in these photos are not gender related. Purely the angle of the light.
The males have a chestnut cap and beautiful gentle chestnut tones on the chest; with a buff forehead. The females are much more grey (with a very faint chestnut tint on the breast), with a white streak above the eye; missing the chestnut cap & buff forehead.
Both genders have a white streak below the eye.

Copyright © 2014- Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 27-Jul-2014
This species is classed as LC (Least Concern) in the Murray Mallee, by DENR (Regional Species Status Assessments, July 2010)