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The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Red-eyed Dove

Afrikaans name: Grootringduif

Red-eyed Doves are frequent visitors to gardens

Red-eyed Dove

Photo © Steven Herbert

Streptopelia semitorquata

The Red-eyed Dove is larger and has more colour than the similar Cape Turtle Dove. In most of the country the Cape Turtle Dove is the most common of these two doves but in some areas, like Durban, the Red-eyed Dove is more common.

They inhabit a wide variety of habitats but aren't found in deserts. They can be quite common in suburban gardens.

The Red-eyed Dovie mainly eats seeds and is a common sight around bird feeders in some areas. They will sometimes eat insects such as flying ants.

Male and female have a similar colouration. Juveniles are duller.

The Red-eyed Dove builds a rather clumsy looking nest out of twigs. The nest is made in a tree and two eggs are the normal clutch.


References and further reading

A First Guide to South African Birds - 7th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Year Published: 1975 - Page: 115

Birds of the Natal Drakensberg Park - Author: Robin Little and William Bainbridge - Year Published: 1992 - Page: 40

Birds of the South Western Cape - Author: Joy Frandsen - Year Published: - Page: 114

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

Field Guide to the Birds of Kruger National Park - Author: Ian Sinclair and Ian Whyte - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 100

Field Guide to the Cradle of Humankind - Author: B. Hilton-Barber & Prof. L. R. Berger - Year Published: 2004 - Page: 180

Geoff Lockwood's Garden Birds of Southern Africa - Author: Geoff Lockwood - Year Published: - Page: 32

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 5th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Year Published: 1985 - Page: 306

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 6th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Year Published: 1993 - Page: 302

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 4th Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Year Published: 2011 - Page: 224

The Doves, Parrots, Louries & Cuckoos of Southern Africa - Author: M.K. Rowan - Year Published: 1983 - Page: 42

List of South African Birds

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