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Squatter Pigeon
Geophaps scripta

A relation of the Spinifex Pigeon, they are found in much the same habitat, although are probably more common, They occur down the eastern side of Queensland with a few sightings in northern NSW. They are quite dumpy and measure 26-30 cm in length. Some authorities recognise two subspecies, scripta in the south with a blue eye ring and peninsulae in the north with a red eye ring, as seen below. Squatter Pigeons are usually found in pairs or small groups and are terrestial birds, only flying when persued.

Squatter Pigeon

1: Georgetown, Qld, 11/03/2012.