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  Common Bronzewing (Phaps chalcoptera)





Common Bronzewing | Phaps chalcoptera photo
Common Bronzewing (Phaps chalcoptera), Risdon Brook Park, Tasmania, Australia

Image by JJ Harrison (http://www.noodlesnacks.com/) - Some rights reserved.    (view image details)

Common Bronzewing | Phaps chalcoptera photo
Common Bronzewing (Phaps chalcoptera), Risdon Brook Park, Tasmania, Australia

Image by JJ Harrison (http://www.noodlesnacks.com/) - Some rights reserved.    (view image details)



COMMON BRONZEWING FACTS

Description
The Common Bronzewing is a medium sized pigeon with metallic patches of green, blue and red on the wings. There is a white line above and below the eye. The male has a pale yellowish white forehead and pink breast. Immatures are duller than the adults, and do not have prominent wing patches.

Size
30cm - 36cm

Habitat
Common Bronzewings are found in most habitat types except barren desert and dense rainforest.

Food
seeds, fruit, plants.

Breeding
Common Bronzewings build a nest of sticks and twigs in a tree or bush. Two creamy-white eggs are laid. The young are born naked and helpless.

Range
common throughout Australia

distribution map showing range of Phaps chalcoptera in Australia

Map is from Atlas of Living Australia website at http://biocache.ala.org.au licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License




Classification
Class:Aves
Order:Columbiformes
Family:Columbidae
Genus:Phaps
Species:chalcoptera
Common Name:Common Bronzewing

Relatives in same Genus
  Brush Bronzewing (P. elegans)
  Flock Bronzewing (P. histrionica)