- Oena capensis
28 cm (11 in)
- Black forehead, face, throat and front of breast, with narrow greyish-white edging
- Bluish-grey neck sides, remained of head, breast and wing-coverts
- White belly
- Chestnut primaries
- Long black tapered tail
- Yellow and red bill
Female lacks the black and has a red-based grey bill
Young birds are similar to the female, but have dark blotches on the wings and shoulders.
It is the only species in the genus Oena.
There are 2 subspecies:
- O. c. capensis:
- O. c. aliena:
Dry deciduous forest, brushland, scrub, semi desert and desert, savanna. Farm land, palm orchards, open woodland. Reed beds and brackish water.
They construct a stick nest in a bush. The clutch consists of 2 white eggs, which are incubated by the female for 16 days.
Their diet includes mainly small grass and herb seeds.
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- 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 http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
- Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved June 2017)
- BF Member observations
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2021) Namaqua Dove. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 11 April 2021 from https://www.birdforum.net/wiki/Namaqua_Dove