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Garden Birds of South Africa – Doves

Updated on February 8, 2016

Description

A pictorial introduction to birds in and around a suburban South African garden with particular reference to the Western suburbs of Johannesburg and Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens.

I have attempted to source reference of the eggs and various egg colours wherever possible.

Laughing Dove (Streptopelia senegalensis)

Male and Female are similar
Male and Female are similar
Laughing Dove eggs are white
Laughing Dove eggs are white
  • FOOD: Seeds, sometimes fruit
  • HABITAT: Common in all areas
  • NEST: In shrubs, trees and man-made structures. Flatish platform mainly from twigs.

Red Eyed Dove (Streptopelia semitorquata)

Male and female are similar
Male and female are similar
Red Eyed Dove eggs are white
Red Eyed Dove eggs are white
  • FOOD: Seeds, sometimes fruit
  • HABITAT: Common in all areas
  • NEST: Mostly higher up in trees. Flatish platform mainly from twigs.

Cape Turtle Dove (Streptopelia capicola)

Male and female are similar
Male and female are similar
Cape Turtle Dove eggs are white
Cape Turtle Dove eggs are white
  • FOOD: Seeds, termites, sometimes fruit
  • HABITAT: Common in all areas except forests
  • NEST: Mostly higher up in trees or bush. Flatish platform mainly from twigs.

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      Andre Olwage 19 months ago from South Africa

      Thank you. Only a pleasure. Just posted another. Enjoy

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      Deb Hirt 19 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      These are all gorgeous birds. Thanks for the introduction, and I hope to see more.