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Namaqua Dove, Oena Capensis


The Namaqua dove (Oena capensis) is a small pigeon. It is the only species in the genus Oena.

Distribution and habitat
The dove is a widespread resident breeding bird in Sub-Saharan Africa and Madagascar with its range extending into the Arabian Peninsula southern Israel, Jordan and as far north as Turkey. It is found in near desert with acacia and bushes.

The namaqua dove is prone to wander out its original range, it is now being recorded south asian countries. In pakistan this species is recorded near shore waters off Paradise Point, Karachi on Friday, 14 October 2016.

In India a female namaqua dove is recorded at khijadiya bird sanctuary near Jamnagar, Gujarat on 17 December 2017

Namaqua Dove, Oena Capensis

Namaqua Dove, Oena Capensis
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Description The Namaqua dove is a tiny sparrow-sized pigeon, typically 22 cm in length with a 28–33 cm wingspan, and weighing 40g. It has a very long black tapered tail, and the size and shape have led to comparison with the budgerigar.

The plumage is mostly grey apart from a white belly, and chestnut primary feathers which are visible in flight.

The adult male has a yellow and red beak and a black face, throat and breast. The adult female lacks the black and has a red-based grey bill. Young birds are dark blotched on the wings and shoulders, and otherwise resemble the females.


Female VS Male

Namaqua Dove, Oena Capensis
Female
Awash National Park, Ethiopia - October 2019

Namaqua Dove, Oena Capensis
Male
Awash National Park, Ethiopia - October 2019




The song is a quiet, short, double hoo, higher on the longer second note kuh-whooo, mournful and frequently repeated.

Listen to the Namaqua Dove


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Namaqua Dove, Oena Capensis
Egg
By Didier Descouens - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,
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Behaviour
The dove is quite terrestrial, and usually forages on open ground and roadsides. The food is almost exclusively minute seeds, such as those of grasses, sedges and weeds. It is not gregarious, being encountered singly or in pairs, though they may form larger flocks at waterholes. The flight is fast with clipped beats and a tendency to stay low.

It builds a stick nest in a bush, and lays two white eggs, which are incubated for 16 days in typical pigeon fashion; the female at night and early morning and the male from mid morning till late afternoon.

Conservation status
Namaqua Dove, Oena Capensis
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
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Sighted: (Date of first photo that I could use) 8 September 2018
Location: `As `Ela, Djibouti


Namaqua Dove, Oena Capensis
Male Namaqua Dove - `As `Ela, Djibouti - 8 September 2018

Namaqua Dove, Oena Capensis
Female Namaqua Dove - `As `Ela, Djibouti - 8 September 2018

Namaqua Dove, Oena Capensis
Female Namaqua Dove - `As `Ela, Djibouti - 8 September 2018

Namaqua Dove, Oena Capensis
Male Namaqua Dove - Awash National Park, Ethiopia - 21 October 2019

Namaqua Dove, Oena Capensis
Male Namaqua Dove - Awash National Park, Ethiopia - 21 October 2019

Namaqua Dove, Oena Capensis
Male Namaqua Dove - Awash National Park, Ethiopia - 21 October 2019

Namaqua Dove, Oena Capensis
Male Namaqua Dove - Awash National Park, Ethiopia - 21 October 2019

Namaqua Dove, Oena Capensis
Female Namaqua Dove - Awash National Park, Ethiopia - 21 October 2019



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