Ring-necked Dove (Streptopelia capicola)
aka Cape Turtle Dove (in South Africa) or Half-collared Dove

Ring-necked Doves are small, 10" (25cm) Doves and the smallest of the three 'black-collared Doves' seen in Kenya (the others being African Mourning Doves and Red-eyed Doves). You can see an easy way to identify each of the three, by eye recognition, on my blog-post.
Ring-necked Doves have a grey crown, with the cheeks and breast being a rosy grey-pink in varying amounts and the rest of the underparts are white. A grey mantle, with the rest of the upperparts being beige-brown. The eyes are black and lacking an orbital ring. The bill is black. A black collar at the back of the neck is surrounded by a white line. The tail is greyish-brown with a white edges and triangles at each corner. Feet are pinkish-purple.

Ring-necked Doves are usually seen in monogamous pairs or in groups at watering holes. Males display by flying upwards with noisy wingbeats, then stalling, coming down with wings and tail spread. He bows his head, calling like a cockerel, with his throat inflated "cuk~arooo". The female builds a nest of sticks, twigs and lines it with grass and leaves, in the fork of a tree. She lays an average of 3 slightly speckled white eggs and incubation, by both parents, takes 14 days. The chicks fledge at around 16 days afterwards.

Ring-necked Doves eat seeds; mostly grass or cereals, with pairs foraging on the ground.

Ring-necked Doves are commonly seen all over Kenya, below 2,000 metres, often around bush, savanna, open woodland and in cultivated areas.

Extra Ring-necked Dove Facts
Ring-necked Doves have some of the most familiar calls of the Kenyan bush, an often repeated "cuk~Karrrooo~cuk~Karrrooo", or a soft "purr~Purr~purr", translated as "work harder" (mornings) or "more lager" (evenings).

Photographed in Kenya's Nairobi National Park.

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Ring-necked Dove ~ Rosy Breast

Rn-necked Dove showing off its rosy grey-pink breast.

Ring-necked Dove ~ Markings

A Ring-necked Dove, perched on dead branch, showing its various markings.

Ring-necked Dove ~ Eating

A Ring-necked Dove, foraging on the ground for seeds, walking and looking upwards for predators.