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Information for Brown cuckoo-dove - Macropygia phasianella

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Brown cuckoo-dove
Macropygia phasianella

Also known as the "brown pigeon", or "pheasant pigeon", Brown cuckoo-doves occur along the east coast and up into the tablelands, all the way from Cape York to the Victorian border.

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Brown cuckoo-dove - Seen here feeding on the berries of the bleeding heart tree (Homalanthus nutans) - Photo by Alex Pawlow

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They are often seen in flocks and follow food sources.

The male can be distinguished from the female by a slightly rose/green colouration on the neck.