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Nominate subspecies
Photo by d.flack
Koto Beach, Gambia, November 2016
Columba guinea

Identification

32–35 cm (12½-13¾ in)

  • Rufous back
  • White-spotted wings
  • Bluish-grey upper and underparts
  • Grey head
  • Red eye patches
  • Brown neck, streaked white
  • Red

Sexes similar; immatures browner

Distribution

Subspecies phaeonota
Photo by safariranger
Johannesburg, South Africa, March 2006

Africa south of the Sahara
Western Africa: Mauritania, Senegambia, Senegal, The Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Mali, Sierra Leone, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Niger, Chad, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea, DRC and Angola
Eastern Africa: Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Somalia, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Mozambique and Malawi
Southern Africa: Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, South Africa, KwaZulu-Natal, Lesotho and Swaziland

Taxonomy

Subspecies[1]

Columba guinea has two subspecies:

  • C. g. guinea
  • C. g. phaeonota

Habitat

Mountain ranges, rocky terrain, coatal cliffs and cities, woods, scrub and gardens.

Behaviour

Diet

It feeds mainly on seeds along with newly germinated shoots, grain and groundnuts.

Breeding

Their traditional breeding/roosting sites were cliff ledges but they have recently taken to breeding in buildings. This has helped the species increase in number and range. It builds a large stick nest in a tree or on a building, laying 2 white eggs.

Vocalisation

Call: loud doo-doo-doo.

References

  1. 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/
  2. Wikipedia
  3. BF Member observations

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