Alternative names: Black-billed Blue-spotted Wood Dove; Abyssinian Wood Dove
- Turtur abyssinicus
20 cm (7¾ in)
- Whitish forehead
- Bluish grey crown and nape
- Pale grey brown hindneck, mantle, scapulars wing shields and upper back
- Wing shields have dark metallic blue patches
- Back and mantle is separated from the paler rump and uppertail coverts by two blackish bands enclosing a pale whitish fawn area
- Grey pink breast, chest, belly and flanks
- Longest undertail coverts black, others are white
- Dark brown eyes
- Black stripe from front of eye to bill
Juvenile - barred buff/rust plumage
Distinguished from the similar Blue-spotted Wood-Dove by its uniform black bill with a black loral line, grey body plumage with a faint blue head-cap and a few large black (not blue) spots on the wing coverts.
Arid, semi-arid and open savanna woodlands and scrub close to wells, ponds and marshes.
The two dark cream buff to brownish cream eggs are incubated for 13-15 days; the young fledging 15 to 17 days later.
The diet includes grass and other small seeds.
- Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, with updates to August 2016. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
- International Dove Society
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2021) Black-billed Wood Dove. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 18 May 2021 from https://www.birdforum.net/wiki/Black-billed_Wood_Dove