Collared doves
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Red-eyed Dove L: 35 cm (14") The largest and stockiest ‘collared’ dove, with a pale-fronted, pinkish head and dark red eye . In flight, the dirty-brown tail tips distinguish it from other ‘collared’ doves . It is an abundant resident, especially in camps and picnic sites, and has an insistent and characteristic song “I AM a red-eyed dove” . It feeds on seeds and other plant matter on the ground . African Mourning Dove L: 30 cm (12") Similar to Red-eyed Dove, but smaller, with a dusky grey head, and a diagnostic yellow eye surrounded by bare red skin . In flight it shows white in the outer tail . Although common, it is the least abundant of Kruger’s collared doves, preferring wet, wooded areas . This dove is particularly common alongside human habitations in well-treed areas such as Shingwedzi, Letaba, Satara and other camps . It gives a distinctive “Look AT me” song, and a variety of crooning, throaty “craaaooow” sounds, particularly at the climax of an aerial display flight with wings and tail spread in a slow, parachuting descent . CapeTurtle Dove L: 28 cm (11") This is the smallest and greyest collared dove, which has a small, gentle-looking black eye that is not surrounded by any bare red skin . It has a pale belly and shows broad white tips and sides to the tail in flight . The Cape Turtle Dove is an abundant resident throughout Kruger, its incessant “work HAR-der, work HAR-der” song, repeated every few seconds, being a common and characteristic sound of the African bush . Kruger has three common, plain-looking doves with broad black collars around their necks. They differ subtly, and are worth learning early in a visit. Collared doves red-eyed dove cape turtle dove 84 BIRDS OF BROADLEAVED WOODLAND AND CAMPS red-eyed dove african mourning dove cape turtle dove 85 ...