The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Emerald-spotted Wood Dove

Afrikaans name: Groenvlekduifie

Emerald-Spotted Wood Dove

Emerald-spotted Wood Doves are often seen on the ground

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Turtur chalcospilos

The Emerald-spotted Wood Dove is often called the Green-spotted Dove or Green-spotted Wood Dove.

This dove is often seen on the ground and it allows you to approach fairly closely before flying into a nearby thicket.

Most often they are seen alone.

The Emerald-spotted Wood Dove nests in trees and shrubs where a flimsy nest is made. They may sometimes make their nest in an aloe. Two eggs are normally laid.

In South African this species is quite common in the southern and eastern regions of the country. The preferred habitats are woodland and savanna.

The Emerald-spotted Wood Dove feeds on seeds and fruit that it finds on the ground. It also eats termites and small molluscs.

References and further reading

Southern African Bird Names Explained - Author: Charles Clinning - Published: 1989 - Page: 148

The Birds of South Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Dr. Austin Roberts - Published: 1949 - Page: 131

The Doves, Parrots, Louries & Cuckoos of Southern Africa - Author: M.K. Rowan - Published: 1983 - Page: 124

Wildlife of Southern Africa - Author: Martin Withers and David Hosking - Published: 2011 - Page: 106

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 4th Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1981 - Page: 231

Roberts Birds of Southern Africa - 5th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Published: 1985 - Page: 311

Roberts Birds of Southern Africa - 6th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Published: 1993 - Page: 307

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Published: 1993 - Page: 218

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 4th Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Published: 2011 - Page: 226

Newmans Birds of Southern Africa - 7th Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Published: 2000 - Page: 200

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 2nd edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1957 - Page: 173

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 3rd Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1975 - Page: 222

Newmans Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Published: 1984 - Page: 200

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

Ian Sinclairs Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair - Published: 1988 - Page: 152

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

Birds of the Transkei - Author: C.D. Quickelberge - Published: 1989 - Page: 65

Birds of the Transvaal - Author: Tarboton, Kemp and Kemp - Published: 1987 - Page: 118

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: 58

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

Bird Atlas of Natal - Author: Digby Cyrus and Nigel Robson - Published: 1980 - Page: 135

A Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: O.P.M. Prozesky - Published: 1983 - Page: 143

A First Guide to South African Birds - 6th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Published: 1959 - Page: 116

A First Guide to South African Birds - 7th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Published: 1975 - Page: 116

Animals of the Kruger National Park - Author: G. de Graaff - Published: 1987 - Page: 80

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