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  Red-eyed Dove

 

 

Streptopelia semitorquata

(352) 35 cm; 252 g

SEXES  Alike, M >F. Largest 'grey' dove in region; pinkish-grey throat, neck and breast dia­gnostic. Dark red eyes separate it from African Mourning Dove, which has bright yellow eyes. Deep purple-pink eye-ring distinguishes it from greyer-plumaged Cape Turtle-Dove. In flight, light buffy-grey rim to tail a key distinguishing feature.

JUV  Black collar partly developed; feathers edged buff, giving it a light mottled appearance.

STATUS  Common to fairly common resident. Range has expanded considerably in past 100 years, especially into highveld regions and suburbia.

HABITAT  Various wooded habitats, especially riparian; also plantation and for­est verges.

FOOD  Seeds from grasses, trees and shrubs and from grain crops; also some small fruit.

CALL  Usually 6-note KOO KOO, ku-ku KOO-koo, with emphasis on first 2 notes.

BR  Monogamous. Twig platform 3-18 m high on lateral branch, sometimes low over water. Br peaks vary from region to region.

 

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Disaneng, Maun

Juvenile

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L

 

 

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Disaneng, Maun

Juvenile

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L

 

 

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Disaneng, Maun

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L

 

 

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Disaneng, Maun

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L

 

 

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Disaneng, Maun

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L

 

 

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Disaneng, Maun

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L

 

 

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Disaneng, Maun

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L

 

 

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Disaneng, Maun

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L

 

 

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Disaneng, Maun

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L

 

 

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Maun Game Park

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L

 

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Disaneng, Maun

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L

 

 

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Disaneng, Maun

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L

 

 

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Disaneng, Maun

A "Foreplay"

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L 

 

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Disaneng, Maun

B "The Act"

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 7D Mk II

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

       

 

 

 

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