Bird of the Week: Slender-Billed Cuckoo-Dove

Once, years ago, I asked a friend what this bird was, and was told “Bronze-Wing Pigeon”, and that’s what I have called it ever since.

Photo: Stilgherrian

However, as it has turned out, this resident of Bunjaree Cottages is more likely the Slender-Billed Cuckoo-Dove, Macropygia amboinensis, native not just to Australia but also to Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. Some scientists consider the Australian population to be a distinct sub-species, and give it the name Macropygia phasianella.

Around Bunjaree Cottages, there are several breeding pairs that stay all year. They will sometimes dispute the bird-feeders with the more numerous Crimson Rosellas and King Parrots.