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Namaqua Dove

Oena capensis


The Namaqua Dove is a tiny sparrow-sized pigeon, typically 22 cm in length with a 28–33 cm wingspan, and weighing 40g. It has a very long black tapered tail, and the size and shape have led to comparison with the Budgerigar. The plumage is mostly grey apart from a white belly, and chestnut primary feathers which are visible in flight. The adult male has a black face, throat and breast, and a yellow and red beak. The adult female lacks the black and has a red-based grey bill. Young birds are dark blotched on the wings and shoulders, and otherwise resemble the females


These birds live at Tulsa Zoo, Tulsa, OK, USA.


The last photo contains a Red-headed Finch (Amadina erythrocephala) and a White-throated Munia (Lonchura malabarica) but I won't put them in separate spottings as the focus of this picture is the dove and I consider them just background scenery.

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Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA

Spotted on Mar 18, 2013
Submitted on Mar 19, 2013

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