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  Namaqua Dove

 

Oena capensis

(356) 26 cm; 40 g

M  Conspicuous black face, throat and upper breast distinctive. Smallest-bodied dove in Africa and only one with a long tail. Yellow to yellow-orange bill with purple base very evident from close.

F  Lacks black face and throat of male and has blackish-brown bill; overall lighter in colour.

JUV  Lacks black face and upperparts heavily spotted.

STATUS  Widespread and common resident; highly nomadic and found singly, in pairs or small loose flocks.

HABITAT Most common in semi-arid and arid Acacia savanna, and dry shrublands; occasionally found in broadleaved woodland.

FOOD  Almost exclusively tiny seeds of grasses, sedges and weeds.

CALL  Mournful flufftail-like kuh-whoo, repeated frequently.

BR  Monogamous. Nest a frail platform of twigs and rootlets built by both sexes, usually low down in shrub or Acacia bush. Incubation period 13-14 days by both sexes.

 

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Dnm001

Etosha

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

Dnm002

Nhabe River, Maun

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

Dnm003

Khumaga

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

Dnm004

Khumaga

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

Dnm005

Khumaga

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

Dnm006

Nxai Pan

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

Dnm007

Savuti

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

Dnm008

Savuti

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

Dnm009

Nossob

Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mk II

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

Dnm010

Khumaga

Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mk II

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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