- Columba guinea
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
Sexes similar; immatures browner
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
Columba guinea has two subspecies:
- C. g. guinea
- C. g. phaeonota
Mountain ranges, rocky terrain, coatal cliffs and cities, woods, scrub and gardens.
It feeds mainly on seeds along with newly germinated shoots, grain and groundnuts.
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.
Call: loud doo-doo-doo.
- 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/
- BF Member observations
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2021) Speckled Pigeon. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 19 January 2021 from https://www.birdforum.net/wiki/Speckled_Pigeon