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Torresian Imperial Pigeon
Ducula spilorrhoa

The Torresian Imperial Pigeon is a large (38-44 cm) black-and-white pigeon common to more northern parts of Australia. It appears to be in a state of taxonomic flux, with some people splitting the form that occurs in Australia and Papua New Guniea, D. spilorrhoa, from the Pied Imperial Pigeon, D. bicolor, while others maintain them as a single species as the Pied. Birds that breed in Queensland migrate to Papua New Guinea in the Southern summer (April - August), while many that live on islands and in Northern WA are resident all year. Their numbers are increasing again after being persecuted over the last hundred years or so.
 

Torresian Imperial Pigeon

Torresian Imperial Pigeon

Torresian Imperial Pigeon

1: Cairns, Qld, 18/10/2010.
2: Cairns, Qld, 19/10/2010.
3: Low Isles, Qld, 19/10/2010.