Namaqua Dove (Oena capensis)

Namaqua Doves are small, 9" (23cm) birds, with very long, tapering black tails, grey-brown upperparts, white underparts and purple-black spots on their wings. Their reddish primary flight feathers and 2 black bars across their lower backs are evident in flight. They have dark brown eyes with a grey eye-ring.
Male Namaqua Doves have black masks from forehead to upper breast and yellow-orange bills with purple at the base.
Female Namaqua Doves have off-white faces and brown bills.

Namaqua Doves are seen singly, in monogamous pairs or in groups at watering holes or abundant food sources. They build nests made from twigs and sticks, lined with grass, inside bushes. Two off-white / yellowish eggs are laid and incubated by both parents for 16 days. The chicks fledge after a further two weeks.

Namaqua Doves eat seeds; mostly grass or cereals, although occasionally they eat invertebrates.

Namaqua Doves are seen all over Kenya, mainly in dry bush or scrub areas, or around cultivated land, usually below 1,600 metres, although some records indicate that sightings in higher areas have been made.

Extra Namaqua Dove Facts
Namaqua Doves have very soft calls of a low, repeated "whooooooo".
The Namaqua Dove's wingspan exceeds its length at around 12" (30cm).

Photographed in Kenya's Meru National Park.

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Namaqua Dove ~ Male

Male Namaqua Dove, perched in Acacia in the arid area of Kenya's Meru National Park.

Namaqua Dove ~ Female

Female Namaqua Dove, in an arid part of Kenya, perched in a thorn tree.