The wompoo pigeon is known as the most biggest pigeon in Australia, with
over 45 cm long from tip of head to tip of tail. It has a purple breast
and peacock-green back and considered as one of the prettiest among
other pigeon species. The wings of wompoo pigeons have splashes of
yellow and their head is pale grey.
Eventhough they are large and brightly coloured, they are hardly seen
because they lives in the thick foliage of rainforests. They feed on
fruits and berries however they don't want to go far from their home.
You might be able to hear them coming but they are hard to see because
they hide in their bushy tree-top home. Their named derived from the
sound they make "wom-wom-poo". The call carries for some distance and it
allows the bird to be tracked to its favourite food tree.
A lot of wompoos were shot for food and for sport. Shooters can find
them easily through their call. Even today, wompoos are still being
shot, but they're existence become rare.
Shooting is not the only danger that wompoos have to face. The clearing
of rainforest threatened their lives because their nesting place have
disappeared. Maybe the small amount of rainforest we have left in eatern
Australia will be enough for the beautiful wompoo to survive.