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Speckled Pigeon, Columba guinea, African Rock Pigeon

The Speckled Pigeon (Columba guinea), or (African) Rock Pigeon, is a pigeon that is a resident breeding bird in much of Africa south of the Sahara. It is a common and widespread species in open habitats over much of its range, although there are sizable gaps in its distribution.

Speckled Pigeon, Columba guinea, African Rock Pigeon

Speckled Pigeon, Columba guinea, African Rock Pigeon
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This species builds a large stick nest on protected rocky outcrops and in urban areas often atop covered pergola pillars and on flat roofs under deep eaves and lays two white eggs. Its flight is quick, with regular beats and an occasional sharp flick of the wings that are characteristic of pigeons in general.

This is a large pigeon at 41 cm in length. Its back and wings are rufous, the latter heavily speckled with white spots. The rest of the upperparts and underparts are blue-grey, and the head is grey with red patches around the eye. The neck is brownish, streaked with white, and the legs are red. The call is a loud doo-doo-doo.

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Sexes are similar, but immatures are browner than adults and lack the red eye patches.

The speckled pigeon is frequently seen around human habitation and cultivation. Most of its food is vegetable, and it gathers in large numbers where grain or groundnuts are available.

Speckled Pigeon, Columba guinea, African Rock Pigeon
Eggs, Collection Museum Wiesbaden
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Conservation status
Speckled Pigeon, Columba guinea, African Rock Pigeon
Least Concern (IUCN 3.1)
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013.




From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Sighted: (Date of first photo that I could use) 6 September 2018
Location: Goda Mountains, Djibouti


Speckled Pigeon, Columba guinea, African Rock Pigeon
Speckled Pigeon - Goda Mountains, Djibouti - 6 September 2018

Speckled Pigeon, Columba guinea, African Rock Pigeon
Speckled Pigeon - Goda Mountains, Djibouti - 6 September 2018



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