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Laughing Dove

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Alternative name: Palm Dove

Courting pair, S. s. cambayensisPhoto © by Alok TewariKeoladeo National Park, Bharatpur, Rajasthan, India, March-2019
Courting pair, S. s. cambayensis
Photo © by Alok Tewari
Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur, Rajasthan, India, March-2019
Streptopelia senegalensis

Spilopelia senegalensis


[edit] Identification

27 cm (10½ in), weight 70-90 g

  • Reddish-brown back, wings and tail
  • Blue-grey in the wings
  • Pink head and underparts, shading to whitish on the lower abdomen
  • Black spots on the throat
  • Red legs

[edit] Distribution

S. s. senegalensisPhoto © by scottishdude  Gambia, March 2010
S. s. senegalensis
Photo © by scottishdude
Gambia, March 2010

Widespread in Africa except for the driest parts of the Sahara Desert and the wetter rainforests; also through the Middle East and southern Asia east to India.

Introduced to Australia. Some sources also suggest that some populations in the Middle East (e.g. Israel, and around Istanbul in Turkey) are also introduced[1].

[edit] Taxonomy

This species has recently been transferred, with its closest relative the Spotted Dove, to the genus Spilopelia by several authorities following the studies of Johnson et al. (2001)[2], [3].

[edit] Subspecies

This is a polytypic species, consisting of five or six subspecies[3], [4]:

  • S. s. phoenicophila :
  • S. s. aegyptiaca:
  • Nile Valley (Suez Canal and Nile Delta south to Wadi Halfa)
  • S. s. sokotrae:
  • Socotra off north-east Somalia (included in S. s. senegalensis by IOC[3])
  • S. s. senegalensis:
  • S. s. cambayensis:
  • S. s. ermanni:

[edit] Habitat

Scrub, dry farmland and habitation; a common urban bird in many parts of its range.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Breeding

It builds a stick nest in a tree and lays two white eggs.

[edit] Diet

Diet consists of mostly of small seeds but some subspecies also eat sunflower and maize grain. Fruit is also taken in addition to some vegetation and small insects.

[edit] Vocalisation

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Recording by Alok Tewari
Keoladeo National Park, India, July-2016
Call by one individual sitting on a bough.

[edit] References

  1. Del Hoyo, J, A Elliot, and J Sargatal, eds. 1997. Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 4: Sandgrouse to Cuckoos. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8487334221
  2. Johnson, K. P. et al. (2001). A molecular phylogeny of the dove genera Streptopelia and Columba. The Auk 118 (4): 874–887.
  3. Gill, F and D Donsker (Eds). 2017. IOC World Bird Names (version 7.1). Available at
  4. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from
  5. AvianWeb

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