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Photo © by Mybs
8 February 2004
Streptopelia semitorquata


30 cm (11¾ in); the largest of the ring-necked doves

  • Light greyish-brown back, wings and tail
  • Black flight feathers
  • Pale grey forehead, darker on crown
  • Dark pink to red breast and underparts
  • Black half-collar
  • Orbital skin and lege purplish-red

Sexes similar; juveniles are duller than adults, and have scalloping on the body feathers.


Photo © by whiteheadedvulture
Accra, Ghana, 26 November 2020

South of the Sahara, Africa. Also found in southwest Arabia.


This is a monotypic species[1].


Dense woodlands, acacia thickets, close to water. Riparian woodland, gallery forests, mangroves and forest edges. Also farms, parks and gardens in cities.



Their main diet consists of a variety of seeds, berries and rhizomes. They have been recorded as eating nectar from Mountain Aloe; also some insects such as termites. They generally eat on the ground but have been observed eating berries in the branches.


They construct a platform nest from sticks up to 18m above ground. Their clutch averages two eggs.


Call: subdued coo.. coo


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Baptista, L. F., P. W. Trail, H. M. Horblit, P. F. D. Boesman, and E. F. J. Garcia (2020). Red-eyed Dove (Streptopelia semitorquata), version 1.0. In Birds of the World (J. del Hoyo, A. Elliott, J. Sargatal, D. A. Christie, and E. de Juana, Editors). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.reedov1.01

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