April 27, 2015 – Spinifex Pigeon (Geophaps plumifera)

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These pigeons live in rocky areas with spinifex grasses in Australia. They eat seeds, leaves, and some invertebrates, and are dependent on seasonal water holes, gathering around them as they decrease at the end of the dry season. Spinifex Pigeons are usually seen in pairs or small groups. Though they are capable of flying, they tend to spend most of their time on the ground, often running erratically to avoid predators. When they do fly, it is in short, fast bursts and is almost never sustained flight. Their reddish-orange plumage helps them blend in with the red soil in their arid habitat.