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African Collared Dove
(Redirected from Barbary Dove)
Alternative names: Barbary Dove, African Turtle Dove, Pink-headed Collared Dove, Ringed Turtle Dove, Rose-grey Dove
26 cm (10 in)
 Similar Species
Eurasian Collared Dove is very similar in plumage, but slightly larger, and with a very distinct voice. Mourning Collared Dove (occurs further south, but overlaps slightly in range) differs in having a red (not white) eye ring, and a yellow (not red) iris; it also has a slightly broader black collar.
The Sahel region of Africa and the far southwest of the Arabian Peninsula in southwest Asia, in a narrow band between 11-20Â°N latitudes. Occurs at the southern edge of the Sahara Desert, in southern Mauritania, Senegal, Gambia, Mali, Burkina Faso, northern Benin, northern Nigeria, Niger, Chad, northern Cameroon, Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Somalia, Saudi Arabia, and Yemen.
Barbary Dove, only known from captivity and formerly sometimes counted as a full species (Streptopelia risoria), is currently believed to be a captive variant of this species. Another interpretation is that African Collared Dove should be renamed to Streptopelia risoria because it is the senior synonym, but this has been ruled inadmissible by the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature as that is a name based on a domesticated animal. Many feral Barbary Dove populations are leucistic to a greater or lesser degree.
Two subspecies are accepted:
Savanna and thorn scrub.
Noted for their gentle nature.
They eat clover and weed seeds, split grain and newly sown or stubble grain supplemented with occasional invertebrates such as snails.
Breeding is mainly between October and February and they re-nest several times a season. They lay 2 white eggs on a simple platform of twigs. Both adults incubate for about 15 days and the chicks fledge at about 15 days old
Call: a persistent coo-crooo.
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