Where do bronzewing pigeons nest?

ADAPTABLE: Common bronzewings don't have favoured trees or shrubs.

ADAPTABLE: Common bronzewings don't have favoured trees or shrubs.

Recent strong winds blew over a four-metre wattle tree in which we often saw bronzewing pigeons. Where do bronzewing pigeons nest? Would they have used this wattle tree?

D.F., Smythes Creek.

Common bronzewing pigeons nest in a range of trees and shrubs, including wattles, from about 2m-20m or even higher. They use such a variety of trees and shrubs that the loss of one wattle tree will not deter them from nesting if there are others nearby. They do not seem to have favoured trees or shrubs, heights or situations.

The nest is a saucer-shaped platform of sticks, and can be placed at the junction of the trunk and branch or in a fork.

Sometimes it is built on top of a shrub, or within a shrub. Two oval white eggs are laid. Nesting can occur from spring into autumn.

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