Red Eyed Dove Preening

The Red Eyed Dove or Streptopelia semitorquata is slightly larger and darker than the Cape Turtle Dove. Its habitat ranges from Bushes to gardens to parks. The Red-eyed Dove is a pigeon which is a widespread resident breeding bird in Africa south of the Sahara. It is a common, if not abundant, species in most habitats. The Red-eyed Dove is a largish, stocky pigeon, typically 34cm in length. Its back, wings and tail are pale brown. When flying, it shows blackish flight feathers. The head and underparts are dark vinous-pink, shading to pale grey on the face. There is a black hind neck patch edged with white. The legs and a patch of bare skin around the eye are red. Red-eyed Doves eat grass seeds, grains and other vegetation. They often forage on the ground. In this photo, the dove is preening itself next to it mate. This picture was taken at a place called The Island on the outskirts of Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

Red Eyed Dove Preening

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