|Brush Bronzewing Phaps elegans
|Cheyne Beach, Western Australia
The Brush Bronzewing is distributed from south-east Queensland round to the Eyre Peninsula in South Australia, Tasmania and in south-west Western Australia. It is found in dense woodland and scrub including coastal heaths where it feeds mainly on seeds.
|It is dark olive-brown above with rich chestnut on the nape and shoulders and two bronzed blue-green bars on the
wings (best seen in photo 2). The male has a buff forehead while the female, seen here in photos 1 and 2, has a grey forehead. I believe that photo 3
must be of a sub-adult. Immature plumage does not show the chestnut throat or line behind the eye.
The song is higher pitched and at shorter intervals than that of the Common Bronzewing P. chalcoptera.
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