Avoiding the spotlight
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”
Both parents will care for their two glossy white or pink eggs