The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Speckled Pigeon / Rock Pigeon

Afrikaans name: Kransduif

Speckled Pigeon

Speckled Pigeon also known as a Rock Pigeon

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For many years the Speckled Pigeon was known as the Rock Pigeon in South Africa.

This pigeon is a common bird in suitable habitat over much of sub-Saharan Africa. It prefers open areas but it is becoming more and more common around our cities and farms.

The Speckled Pigeon can reach a length of around 40 cm. They eat seeds and grain and are particularly fond of groundnuts.

These pigeons make their nests on a cliff, building or in a tree. Most often two eggs are laid.

Male and female Speckled Pigeons have similar plumage.

References and further reading

The Birds of South Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Dr. Austin Roberts - Published: 1949 - Page: 126

The Doves, Parrots, Louries & Cuckoos of Southern Africa - Author: M.K. Rowan - Published: 1983 - Page: 7

The Sandton Field Guide - Author: Sandton Nature Conservation Society - Published: 1982 - Page: 48

Wild About Johannesburg - Author: Duncan Butchart - Published: 1995 - Page: 45

Wildlife of Southern Africa - Author: Martin Withers and David Hosking - Published: 2011 - Page: 104

Wildlife of the Cape Peninsula - Author: Duncan Butchart - Published: 2001 - Page: 53

The Birds of South Africa - Author: Hazel Stokes - Published: 1979 - Page: 21

Southern African Wildlife - Author: Readers Digest - Published: 1989 - Page: 115

Southern African Bird Names Explained - Author: Charles Clinning - Published: 1989 - Page: 42

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 4th Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Published: 2011 - Page: 222

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Published: 1993 - Page: 214

Roberts Birds of Southern Africa - 6th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Published: 1993 - Page: 299

Roberts Birds of Southern Africa - 5th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Published: 1985 - Page: 303

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 3rd Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1975 - Page: 215

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 4th Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1981 - Page: 222

Newmans Garden Birds - Author: Ken Newman - Published: 1991 - Page: 28

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 2nd edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1957 - Page: 166

Newmans Birds of Southern Africa - 7th Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Published: 2000 - Page: 198

Newmans Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Published: 1984 - Page: 198

Meeting with Birds - Author: Tom Spence - Published: 1986 - Page: 49

More Garden Birds of Southern Africa - Author: P. Ginn & G. McIlleron - Published: 1981 - Page: 45

Illustrated Guide to the Game Parks and Nature Reserves of SA - 2nd edn - Author: Readers Digest - Published: 1991 - Page: 410

Geoff Lockwoods Garden Birds of Southern Africa - Author: Geoff Lockwood - Published: 0 - Page: 31

Ian Sinclairs Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair - Published: 1988 - Page: 148

Garden Birds in South Africa - Author: Duncan Butchart - Published: 2017 - Page: 58

Gamebirds and Waterfowl of Southern Africa - Author: CG Finch-Davies, Dr Alan Kemp - Published: 1986 - Page: 167

Field Guide to the Birds of Kruger National Park - Author: Ian Sinclair and Ian Whyte - Published: 1991 - Page: 102

A Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: O.P.M. Prozesky - Published: 1983 - Page: 141

A First Guide to South African Birds - 6th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Published: 1959 - Page: 114

A First Guide to South African Birds - 7th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Published: 1975 - Page: 114

Bird Atlas of Natal - Author: Digby Cyrus and Nigel Robson - Published: 1980 - Page: 131

Birds of Southern Africa - Kruger National Park - Author: Kenneth Newman - Published: 1985 - Page: 96

Birds of the Natal Drakensberg Park - Author: Robin Little and William Bainbridge - Published: 1992 - Page: 39

Birds of the South Western Cape - Author: Joy Frandsen - Published: 0 - Page: 112

Birds of the Transkei - Author: C.D. Quickelberge - Published: 1989 - Page: 64

Birds of the Transvaal - Author: Tarboton, Kemp and Kemp - Published: 1987 - Page: 114

Collins Illustrated Checklist - Birds of Southern Africa - 1st edition - Author: Ber van Perlo - Published: 1999 - Page: 37

Everyones Guide to South African Birds - Author: John Sinclair and John Mendelsohn - Published: 1987 - Page: 14

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