The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Namaqua Dove

Afrikaans name: Namakwaduifie

Female Namaqua Dove in Kruger National Park

Namaqua Dove

Photo © Steven Herbert

Terathopius ecaudatus

The Namaqua Dove is found over much of sub-Saharan Africa where it occurs in a variety of habitats such as savanna, farmlands and even gardens. In South Africa it may be seen over most of the country but it is absent from some of the Eastern Cape.S

These birds are most often seen in open areas on the ground where they look for seeds. When disturbed they fly off very quickly.

The male Namaqua Dove has a red bill and extensive black on its face and chest. The female is more of a uniform grey colour. Both sexes have long tails.

Despite spending much of their time on the ground these birds build their nest low-down in a tree or shrub. They lay either one or two eggs and both sexes attend to the eggs and chicks.

References and further reading

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

The Doves, Parrots, Louries & Cuckoos of Southern Africa - Author: M.K. Rowan - Published: 1983 - Page: 104

The Birds of South Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Dr. Austin Roberts - Published: 1949 - Page: 129

The Birds of South Africa - Author: Hazel Stokes - Published: 1979 - Page: 23

Roberts Birds of Southern Africa - 6th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Published: 1993 - Page: 306

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

Southern African Bird Names Explained - Author: Charles Clinning - Published: 1989 - Page: 98

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 2nd edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1957 - Page: 169

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 3rd Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1975 - Page: 220

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 4th Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1981 - Page: 229

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

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

Newmans Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Published: 1984 - Page: 196

Roberts Birds of Southern Africa - 5th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Published: 1985 - Page: 309

Newmans Birds of Southern Africa - 7th Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Published: 2000 - Page: 196

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

Everyones Guide to South African Birds - Author: John Sinclair and John Mendelsohn - Published: 1987 - Page: 105

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

Birds of the Transvaal - Author: Tarboton, Kemp and Kemp - Published: 1987 - Page: 117

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

Birds of the South Western Cape - Author: Joy Frandsen - Published: 0 - Page: 117

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

Bird Atlas of Natal - Author: Digby Cyrus and Nigel Robson - Published: 1980 - Page: 134

Birds of Southern Africa - Kruger National Park - Author: Kenneth Newman - Published: 1985 - Page: 94

Birds of the Natal Drakensberg Park - Author: Robin Little and William Bainbridge - Published: 1992 - Page: 41

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

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

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