Identification Of Black-collared Doves

June 14, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Having just completed a new family group "Doves & Pigeons", it occurred to me that there are three 'black-collared' Doves in Kenya that are difficult to identify from one-another.  They are more easily identified if one has a good view of their eyes and are as follows:

  1. African Mourning Dove - It has a pale-yellow eye with a deep-pink orbital ring.  Note that the immature bird has pale brown eyes.
  2. Red-eyed Dove - Its red eyes are surrounded by a purple-red orbital ring.  Note that the immature bird has brown eyes.
  3. Ring-necked Dove - It has black eyes and no orbital ring.
Eye Characteristics Of Black-collared Doves
African Mourning Dove Red-eyed Dove Ring-necked Dove
African Mourning Dove Eye DetailAfrican Mourning Dove Eye Detail Red-eyed Dove Eye DetailRed-eyed Dove Eye Detail Ring-neck Dove Eye DetailRing-neck Dove Eye Detail

 


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