Crested PigeonScientific name: Ocyphaps lophotes

Meaning of name: Ocyphaps is from the Greek words ocys, meaning swift, and phaps, meaning pigeon. Lophotes is a Greek word meaning crested.

Aboriginal name: Kakara (kak’car’a).

Distribution: Widespread across Australia.

Description: This bird is up to 36cm long with a wingspan of 45cm.

Notes: The furthest distance recorded by the Australian Bird and Bat Banding Scheme for this species of bird to travel is 41km. The oldest bird recorded was dead when its band was read in March 2013, 17 years 3.9 months after being banded (information as at 26 January 2016).

References: Handbook of Australian, New Zealand and Antarctic Birds. Various contributors.
What Bird is That? Neville W Cayley. 1978

Aboriginal names of bird species in south-west Western Australia, with suggestions for their adoption into common usage. Ian Abbott. 2009. Conservation Science Western Australia Journal. Volume 7 No 2

Australian Bird and Bat Banding Scheme