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Red-eyed Dove | Streptopelia semitorquata

The Red-eyed 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 Red-eyed Dove (Latin name Streptopelia semitorquata) can be found in the 7th Edition of the Roberts Birds of Southern Africa. The Streptopelia semitorquata can be quickly identified by its unique Roberts identification number of 352 and the detailed description of this bird is on page 286. You will find a picture of the Red-eyed 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 Red-eyed Dove between the Roberts 6th and Roberts 7th Edition

The Red-eyed Dove is known in Afrikaans as Grootringduif.

The Red-eyed Dove has a height of 36 cms and weighs around 250 gms. The head is coloured grey while the bill is coloured black. The Streptopelia semitorquata has a black coloured throat, purple legs and a purple coloured back. The eyes are orange.

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 orange

Bill is black

Legs are purple

Throat is black

Back is purple

Feeding Habits ...

This bird forages for food on the ground

Breeding, Habitat and Nesting Habits ...

The Red-eyed 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 Red-eyed 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

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

Seen in Flocks, Singles or Pairs Normally ...

The Red-eyed Dove is mainly seen singly or in pairs in the wild.

This bird is usually seen in small family groups or in large flocks

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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