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  Cape Turtle-Dove

      (Cape Turtle Dove)

 

Streptopelia capicola

(354) 27 cm; 153 g

SEXES  Alike, 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 white.

JUV  Lacks black hindneck collar; upperparts and breast fringed buff.

STATUS  Very common resident, with nomadic movements recorded in arid regions.

HABITAT  Woodland, open savanna, farmlands, parks and gardens. Absent from forests.

FOOD  Seeds of grasses, cereals, shrubs and trees; also fruit, earthworms, termites and some insects.

CALL  Loud kuk-koorr-ko or 'work harder, work harder', repeated 10-40 times; calls throughout the day.

BR  Monogamous. 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 region.

 

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Nxai Pan

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

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Boteti River, Samedupi

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L

 

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Black Pools, Moremi

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L 

 

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Black Pools, Moremi

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L 

 

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Nxai Pan

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

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Nxai Pan

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

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Black Pools, Moremi

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L 

 

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Khumaga

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L 

 

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Khumaga

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L 

 

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Khumaga

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

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Disaneng, Maun

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L

 

 

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Disaneng, Maun

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L

 

 

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Savuti

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

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Savuti

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

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Nossob

Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mk II

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

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Nossob

Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mk II

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

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Khwai

Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mk II

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L 

     

 

 

 

 

 

 

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