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Namaqua Dove

Oena capensis


Very small and attractive African dove, with a very long tail. The size of its body is barely bigger than a sparrow, but the tail often confuse the picture. The male (pictured here) is easily recognised by its black face-and-chest-mask, and red-orange bill. The female (not captured today) is all light grey.


Very common in Sub-Saharan Africa, found in dry and open-wooded areas. Here, seen in Kunene region of Namibia (northwest), in arid acacia tree-and-shrub landscape. The region is still very dry (but still magnificent and rich in wildlife) at the moment, following a three-year dry-spell - and guess what, in Korixas, it's finally raining today.

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Zlatan Celebic
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Zlatan Celebic

Kunene Region, Namibia

Lat: -20.37, Long: 14.91

Spotted on Mar 17, 2020
Submitted on Mar 17, 2020

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