(356) 26 cm; 40 g
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.
Lacks black face and throat of male and has blackish-brown bill;
overall lighter in colour.
Lacks black face and upperparts heavily spotted.
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.
exclusively tiny seeds of grasses, sedges and weeds.
flufftail-like kuh-whoo, repeated frequently.
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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