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Vinaceous Dove - BirdForum Opus

Streptopelia vinacea
Photo by Steve G
Photo taken: The Gambia.

Identification

25cm. Pale brown back, wings and tail are pale brown, blackish underwing, pale pink-grey head and underparts, black hind neck patch edged with white, red legs, white in the tail. Sexes are similar, but juveniles are duller than adults. The call is a fast coo-cu-cu-coo.

Distribution

Africa just south of the Sahara Desert.

Taxonomy

This species is monotypic.[1]

Habitat

Dry scrub and savanna.

Behaviour

  • Breeding: It builds a stick nest in a tree, often an acacia, and lays 2 white eggs.
  • Diet: They forage on the ground and the diet includes grass seeds, grains and other vegetation.

References

  1. Clements, JF. 2008. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2008. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.

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