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 LC    Common Bronzewing* Id (Atlas): 034
    Phaps chalcoptera Endemic

Description (10)
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Other Names (World)
Common Bronzewing, Bronzewing Pigeon, Common Bronzewing Pigeon, Bronze Pigeon, Forest Bronzewing, Scrub Bronzewing, Brown Pigeon, Squatter

Family
Columbidae (Pigeons, Doves)

Size
32 - 36 cm

First Described (Guide)
(Latham, 1790)

Derivation
Phaps - Gk, Gk, phaps, pigeon: chal-cop'-ter-a - Gk, chalcos, bronze; Gk, pteron, wing

Abundance (Guide)
C

Endemic. Common, locally nomadic. Scarce in very arid regions.

Habitat
Open dry sclerophyll forest, wooded country and savanna, with open understorey of shrubs.

Range (Guide)
Australia (B).

Image of Range of Common Bronzewing
 
Throughout Australia, including Tasmania.
 
Rarity Status
Currently this species is not classified as a rarity in this country OR information has not been updated.

Population
Estimated population is unknown (2010).

Status LC
Secure.

For more information see BirdLife International Species Factsheet.

Habits
Usually in pairs, but also singly or loose groups. Most often observed on the ground.

Food
Seeds of grasses and herbaceous plants. Also native fruits and berries.

Voice
A far-carrying, mournful, slow, resonant and deeply vibrating, 'whooo', beginning softly, advertising call. A short, soft, 'whoo-hoo-hoo' uttered in display.



Xeno-Canto Sound Files (more (23)...)

 
Common Bronzewing (Phaps chalcoptera) [XC680659]
     by Marc Anderson from Lewana Cottages, Southampton, Shire of Donnybrook-Balingup, Western Australia, Australia (?)

 
Common Bronzewing (Phaps chalcoptera) [XC679744]
     by Khristos Nizamis from Nombinnie Nature Reserve, New South Wales, Australia (call)

Breeding Season (Guide)
Usually October - January.

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Nest
A frail saucer composed f twigs, in a fork of a tree or bush, up to 10 meters above the ground.

Eggs (Guide)
2; smooth, lustrous white; ellipsoidal; about 33 x 25 mm. Incubation: 14 - 16 days; by both sexes.

Young
Semi-altricial, nidicolous. Fledge in 15 - 16 days.

Subspecies
No subspecies.

Similar Species
Brush Bronzewing (Phaps elegans) which is slightly smaller, plumper and more compact, with shorter rounded wings and a shorter tail.


References
See References.

The Field Guide to the Birds of Australia Pizzey, G., and Knight, E., 1997, Angus & Robertson, Sydney ISBN 0 207 19691 5
Field Guide to Australian Birds Morecombe, M., 2000, Steve Parish Publishing Pty Ltd. ISBN 1 876282 10 X
Field Guide to the Birds of Australia Simpson, K., and Day, N., 1999, 6th Edition, Viking ISBN 0 670 87918 5
Reader's Digest Complete Book of Australian Birds 1988, 2nd Edition, Reader's Digest ISBN 0 949819 99 9
What Bird is That? 1984, Revised Edition, Angus & Robertson, Sydney ISBN 0 207 14846 5
Handbook of Australian, New Zealand & Antarctic Birds 1990 - , Oxford University Press, Melbourne ISBN 0 19 553244 9

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