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Introduced into Australia in the mid-1800’s the Spotted Turtle-dove is a grey-headed, pinkish pigeon with a black spotted collar that is rapidly spreading and quickly becoming a common pest. They are small for a pigeon and they have long tails. When in flight their white-tipped tails can be seen. Male and female birds look similar and the young birds are slightly more grey. They live near humans and can be found in parks, gardens and agricultural areas. They feed on grains, seeds and scraps and can be found alone or in small flocks feeding on the ground. Despite their pest status I still think they are rather pretty, even though they don’t really belong here ♥

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