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Cape Turtle-Dove | Streptopelia capicola

The Cape Turtle-Dove is a Southern African bird that belongs to the columbidae bird family group which includes birds such as Pigeons, Doves.

The description for the Cape Turtle-Dove (Latin name Streptopelia capicola) can be found in the 7th Edition of the Roberts Birds of Southern Africa. The Streptopelia capicola can be quickly identified by its unique Roberts identification number of 354 and the detailed description of this bird is on page 284. You will find a picture of the Cape Turtle-Dove 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.

There have been no changes in the common name between the Roberts 6th and Roberts 7th Edition. There have been no changes in the Latin name for the Cape Turtle-Dove between the Roberts 6th and Roberts 7th Edition

The Cape Turtle-Dove is known in Afrikaans as Gewone Tortelduif.

The Cape Turtle-Dove has a height of 28 cms and weighs around 150 gms. The head is coloured blue while the bill is coloured grey. The Streptopelia capicola has a white coloured throat, purple legs and a brown coloured back. The eyes are brown.

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 blue

Eyes are brown

Bill is grey

Legs are purple

Throat is white

Back is brown

Feeding Habits ...

This bird forages for food on the ground

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

Breeding, Habitat and Nesting Habits ...

The Cape Turtle-Dove is a monogamous bird which means that the bird finds and breeds with one partner for the rest of its life. The bird lays between 1 to 2 eggs and they are coloured white.

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

The Cape Turtle-Dove is mainly found in light and densely wooded forests, where there are Mopane trees.

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

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 Cape Turtle-Dove is mainly seen singly or in pairs in the wild.

The reference for the information following is "Roberts Birds of Southern Africa", 7th Edition * edited by PAR Hockey, WRJ Dean and PG Ryan, published by "The Trustees of the John Voelcker Bird Book Fund."

copyright: Tony Roocroft +27-11-454-0105

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