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Not Your Average Pigeon

The spinifex pigeon looks & acts like a quail.

By Joseph M. Forshaw

Spinifex pigeons can resemble quailsSpinifex pigeons (Geophaps plumifera) are widespread and locally common in the arid interior of north-central Australia, where the white-bellied G. p. plumifera and G. p. leucogaster are found, and in central-western Australia, which is the range of the isolated red-bellied G. p. ferruginea. Although named because of an apparent close association with Triodia and Plectrachne spinifex grasses, the birds are not confined to areas with spinifex groundcover, nor are they found in all places where these drought-resistant grasses grown.

 **For the full article, pick up the June 2009 issue of BIRD TALK**

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