Red-eyed Dove (Streptopelia semitorquata
Red-eyed Doves are medium-sized, 12.5" (32cm) Doves and the largest of the three 'black-collared Doves' seen in Kenya (the others being African Mourning Doves
and Ring-necked Doves
). You can see an easy way to identify the three, by eye recognition, on my blog-post
Red-eyed Doves have a steep, off-white forehead, with the face, nape, neck and breast being a rosy grey-pink. The eyes are red, with a purple-red orbital ring and bare pale red patch around the eye. A short, black collar at the back of the neck. The wings and mantle are mid-brown, as is the pale-grey tipped tail. The underparts are grey and legs and feet are red. Habits
Red-eyed 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 eggs are laid and incubated by both parents for 14-17 days. The chicks fledge after a further two weeks, but are reliant on the parents for a further three weeks. Diet
Red-eyed Doves eat seeds; mostly grass or cereals. They also take fruit from trees. Resident
Red-eyed Doves are seen south of Kenya's Lake Turkana, west of a direct line to the north coast and below 3,000 metres. Not generally seen in arid areas, preferring forest edges, woodlands and sometimes seen in cultivated areas. Extra Red-eyed Dove Facts
Red-eyed Doves have a fascinating 'display', flying steeply upwards, clapping their wings - then stall, returning to the same spot they started from. The male bows, presenting his white forehead to the female.
Red-eyed Doves have a repeated 'slow-slow-fast-fast-fast-fast' cooing call that can easily be translated to "I am a Red-eyed Dove
Photographed in Kenya's Nairobi National Park and Olare Orok Conservancy.