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Squatter Pigeon (southern subspecies) - profile

Indicative distribution

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The areas shown in pink and/purple are the sub-regions where the species or community is known or predicted to occur. They may not occur thoughout the sub-region but may be restricted to certain areas. ( click here to see geographic restrictions). The information presented in this map is only indicative and may contain errors and omissions.
Scientific name: Geophaps scripta scripta
Conservation status in NSW: Critically Endangered
Commonwealth status: Vulnerable
Gazetted date: 16 Dec 2016
Profile last updated: 07 Jun 2021


Squatter Pigeons are medium-sized ground-dwelling pigeons. They are brown with black and white markings on the face and a blue-grey breast bordered below by a white ‘V’. The mottled brown wings have a metallic green and purple patch.


Found from north Queensland to the North West Slopes of NSW and extending down to the Liverpool Plains and Dubbo. Today they are very rare in the southern parts of their range.

Habitat and ecology

  • Grassy woodlands and plains, preferring sandy areas and usually close to water.
  • Feed on the ground, on seeds of grasses, herbs and shrubs, as well as insects.
  • Nest on the ground.

Regional distribution and habitat

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Recovery strategies

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Information sources

IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
Brigalow Belt SouthNorthern Basalts Known None
Darling Riverine PlainsCastlereagh-Barwon Predicted East of 149 Degrees longitude
NandewarNandewar Northern Complex Predicted None
New England TablelandsSevern River Volcanics Known None
Other StateQLD Known None