Eastern Bronze-naped Pigeon | Columba delegorguei

Robert's Birding Information: Eastern Bronzenaped Pigeon

The Eastern Bronze-naped Pigeon is a Southern African bird that belongs to the Columbidae bird family group which includes birds such as Pigeons, Doves.

The description for the Eastern Bronze-naped Pigeon (Latin name Columba delegorguei) can be found in the 7th Edition of the Roberts Birds of Southern Africa. The Columba delegorguei can be quickly identified by its unique Roberts identification number of 351 and the detailed description of this bird is on page 279. You will find a picture of the Eastern Bronze-naped Pigeon on page 273.

NOTE: The reference for the information following is "Roberts Birds of Southern Africa", 7th Edition*. This edition contained a number of taxonomic changes as well as changes to English names used traditionally and in earlier editions of most bird books in South Africa. The following paragraph notes such changes if any.

This bird is known as Delegorgue's Pigeon in the Roberts 6th Edition. There have been no changes in the Latin name for the Eastern Bronze-naped Pigeon between the Roberts 6th and Roberts 7th Edition.

The Eastern Bronze-naped Pigeon has a height of 30 cms and weighs around 160 gms. The head is coloured grey while the bill is coloured grey. The Columba delegorguei has a grey coloured throat, pink legs and a grey coloured back. The eyes are brown.

The male Columba delegorguei has physical features that are slightly different from the female bird.

Take note of the bird's main distinguishing features such as colour, size and leg length relative to the body size of the bird. Colours of a bird's body parts can be helpful. Be aware what may appear brown to one person is described in Roberts Birds using some other word ... for example brown, black. See colours used in Roberts.

Head is grey.

Eyes are brown.

Bill is grey.

Legs are pink.

Throat is grey.

Back is grey.

Eastern Bronze Naped Pigeon Feeding Habits ...

This bird forages for food on the ground.

This bird eats insects such as butterflies, bees, wasps, locusts and ants. These invertebrates are usually hawked aerially, killed and then eaten.

The Columba delegorguei forages mainly on the ground or at the base of trees, and low down in the shrubs eating mostly fruits and seeds.

Eastern Bronzenaped Pigeon Breeding, Habitat and Nesting Habits ...

The nest is built high up in the tree canopy and is protected from predators by branches and the dense green foliage.

The bird is at home in riverine forests and close to water bodies such as lakes, dams and streams.

This bird is very common in most of the Southern African Forests.

The bird is an urban dweller as well, being at home in parks, gardens and in old vacated buildings.

Seen in Flocks, Singles or Pairs Normally ...

The Eastern Bronze-naped Pigeon is mainly seen singly or in pairs in the wild.