Crested Pigeon courtship - Ocyphaps lophotes

The Crested Pigeon, Ocyphaps lophotes (Columbiformes - Columbidae) is a relatively large, stocky pigeon with a highly distinctive appearance. As its name suggests, this species is easily recognized by its long, black, pointed crest, which is usually held erect. Ocyphaps lophotes is a species endemic to Australia.

During the breeding season, the male crested pigeon performs a display flight and courts the female with a ‘bowing’ display as seen in the photo.

References: [1] - [2]

Photo credit: ©Lip Kee Yap | Locality: Trin Warren Tam-boore, Royal Park, Melbourne, Australia (2008)

Smooth Knob-tailed Gecko - Nephrurus levis occidentalis

The Nephrurus levis complex (Carphodactylidae), endemic to Australia, is generally considered to comprise three subspecies; N. levis levis, N. levis pilbariensis and N. levis occidentalis, but recognition of subspecies is easily confused because they have very similar morphology and some characteristics ascribed to the different subspecies can be ambiguous or difficult to apply.

It is supposed that Nephrurus levis occidentalis has larger, wider and more depressed tail than other members of the complex. It is restricted to the arid and semi-arid west coast of Western Australia.

References: [1] - [2]

Photo credit: ©Stephen Zozaya | Locality: Near Exmouth, Western Australia, Australia (2012)

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