Avoid­ing the spot­light

World of Animals - - Let It Shine! -

De­spite the flam­boy­ant bars of iri­des­cent feath­ers on its wings, the brush bronzew­ing is highly se­cre­tive and timid. It does its best to avoid at­ten­tion, only mak­ing the risky jour­ney to look for wa­ter at dawn and dusk.

For all the care they take mak­ing sure their rain­bow streaks don’t give them away, these Aus­tralian pi­geons make their young very vul­ner­a­ble by build­ing their nests on or close to the ground. Nests at ground level are easy for preda­tors to find, and star­tled par­ents will reg­u­larly aban­don eggs and chicks to their fate, re­sult­ing in a breed­ing suc­cess rate of less than ten per cent.

“These Aus­tralian pi­geons make their young very vul­ner­a­ble by build­ing their nests on or

close to the ground”

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Both par­ents will care for their two glossy white or pink eggs

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