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Birdwatching in Africa - White-winged Collared Dove, Streptopelia reichenowi

The White-winged Collared Dove (Streptopelia reichenowi) is a species of bird in the family Columbidae. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forest, subtropical or tropical dry shrubland, plantations and urban areas in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia. It is currently threatened by habitat loss.

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Distribution and population
Streptopelia reichenowi is restricted to the vicinity of the Jubba and Shabeelle rivers, which flow from Ethiopia into Somalia, as well as the Dawa river (a tributary of the Jubba) along the border between north-east Kenya and Ethiopia. It appears to be common to abundant within this highly restricted range (del Hoyo et al. 1997).

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BirdLife International (2019)


A tributary or affluent is a stream or river that flows into a larger stream or main stem (or parent) river or a lake. A tributary does not flow directly into a sea or ocean. Tributaries and the main stem river drain the surrounding drainage basin of its surface water and groundwater, leading the water out into an ocean.

A confluence, where two or more bodies of water meet together, usually refers to the joining of tributaries.

The opposite to a tributary is a distributary, a river or stream that branches off from and flows away from the main stream. Distributaries are most often found in river deltas.

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Map of the Jubba/Shebelle drainage basin - Click HERE for bigger picture
By Kmusser - Own work, Elevation data from SRTM, drainage basin from GTOPO, all other features from Vector Map., CC BY-SA 3.0,

The Shebelle River (Somali: Webi Shabeelle, Arabic: نهر الشبيل‎, Amharic: እደላ, Italian: Uebi Scebeli) begins in the highlands of Ethiopia, and then flows southeast into Somalia towards Mogadishu. Near Mogadishu, it turns sharply southwest, where it follows the coast. Below Mogadishu, the river becomes seasonal. During most years, the river dries up near the mouth of the Jubba River, while in seasons of heavy rainfall, the river actually reaches the Jubba and thus the Somali Sea.

The Jubba River (Somali: Wabiga Jubbada, Italian: Giuba) is a river in southern Somalia. It begins at the border with Ethiopia, where the Dawa and Ganale Dorya rivers meet, and flows directly south to the Somali Sea, where it empties at the Goobweyn juncture.

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Length: 25 cm
Weight: 98 - 135 g
Distinctive Feature

Similar Species

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Female / Male

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Listen to the White-winged Collared Dove

Remarks from the Recordist

Recorded with my ZOOM H5 Handy Recorder. High Pass Filter applied with Audacity

20 Days Ethiopian birding tour with Flamingos Tours Ethiopia. After having Dawa River we spot a White-winged Collared Dove in a tree next to the dust road on the way to Negele. We stop and I am lucky to get pictures and a sound recording

Conservation status
Conservation status
Near Threatened (IUCN 3.1)
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013.

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Sighted: 2 November 2019 (Date of first photo that I could use)
Location: Just after having crossed Dawa River, Ormania, Ethiopia

White-winged Collared Dove, Streptopelia reichenowi
White-winged Collared Dove - 2 November 2019 - Just after having crossed Dawa River, Ormania, Ethiopia

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