Dove, Namaqua


Name: Dove, Namaqua

Scientific name: Oena capensis

Type: Dove

Color: Black,Grey,White

Habitat: Cities,Fields

Size: 26cm

Conservation status:

Resident Breeder


Unmistakable at all ages. Very small blue-grey or grey-brown dove with long black central tail-feathers, recalling large Budgerigar in shape. In flight, black primaries show large red-brown patch. Male has black face and upper breast, which are brownish grey in female. Juvenile barred black and buff on crown, throat, wing-coverts and back. Very rapid flight is fast and direct. Spends much time on the ground.

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