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Blue-spotted Wood Dove - BirdForum Opus

Photo by Steve G
Abuko, the Gambia
Turtur afer


Distinguished from the similar Black-billed Wood-Dove by its prominent dark-blue wing spots, more pronounced bluish cap, bicoloured dark-red bill with a pale tip, more earthy-brown body colour and lack of a loral line.


Africa south of the Sahara:
Western Africa: Senegambia, Senegal, The Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Mali, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Niger, Chad, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Congo, Angola
Eastern Africa: Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Zambia, Mozambique, Malawi
Southern Africa: Zimbabwe, South Africa
African Islands: Gulf of Guinea Islands, Bioko (Fernando Po)


This is a monotypic species[1].

Subspecies liberiensis is generally considered invalid[2]


Moist broadleaved woodland along river courses.



Call: du-du-du-du.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, B.L. Sullivan, C. L. Wood, and D. Roberson. 2013. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.8., with updates to August 2013. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase

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