Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Which Dove is that?

Which Dove is that?

This is a brief post based on the photo to show the difference between a Cape Turtle Dove (on the left) and Red-eyed Dove when they are side by side. The Cape Turtle Dove Streptopelia capicola is easy to identify when it calls (work haard-er), but also has a beady black eye, is slightly smaller, and has a bit more white on the undertail. The red eye on the Red-eyed Dove Streptopelia semitorquata is a good identifying feature in good light, while the general gizz is a bit bulkier and darker. Both are very common on Blue Hill Escape.

Cape Turtle Dove with a Red Eyed Dove

Cape Turtle Dove
Speckled Pigeon - unmistakeable

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