(Cape Turtle Dove)
(354) 27 cm; 153 g
M > F. Similar to, but greyer than, larger Red-eyed Dove, and
without bare red skin around eyes. Lacks chestnut colouring on
upperparts as in Laughing Dove; white outer tail feathers
conspicuous in flight. Black collar on hindneck narrowly rimmed with
black hindneck collar; upperparts and breast fringed buff.
common resident, with nomadic movements recorded in arid regions.
open savanna, farmlands, parks and gardens. Absent from forests.
of grasses, cereals, shrubs and trees; also fruit, earthworms,
termites and some insects.
kuk-koorr-ko or 'work harder, work harder', repeated 10-40 times; calls
throughout the day.
Most nests 3-4 m high in tree or bush. Flimsy platform nest built
mainly by F with twigs brought by M. Br peaks vary from region to
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