John George Wood — the man who pushed sleeping frogmouths off their perches — was apparently enchanted by them.
- The little crested pigeon, although not so conspicuous as some of its relations, is one of the most elegant in form and pleasing in colour among this tribe ...
- The head, face, and most of the under portions are pearl grey, the long slender crest being jetty black, and the sides of the neck tinged slightly with pink. The back of the neck, the back, flanks, and both tail-coverts are light brown ; the feathers at the insertion of the wing are buff, crossed with black nearer their tips, and the great coverts are shining bronze green edged with white. The primary feathers of the wing are brovn, some partially edged with brownish white, and the rest with pure white. The secondaries are brown in their inner webs, and their outer webs are bronzy purple at the base, tipped with brown, and edged with white. The two central feathers of the tail are brown, the rest are blackish brown, with a green gloss on their outer webs and tipped with white. The bill is olive black, deepening at the tip, the feet are pink, and the eye orange set in a pink orbit.
- This afternoon got the pigeons in order of flying. Their tails being rubbed down by travelling so far in a cage, I got the tails from several crested pigeons, and inserted feathers in the stumps of our carriers, fastening the splices with waxed thread. The plan answered far better than I had expected, and the birds can now fly about the aviary we have made of a tent with the greatest ease.