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Lemon Dove

Columba larvata


The lemon dove is fairly small, measuring 24–30 cm (9.4–11.8 in) in length and weighing 81.7–150 g (2.88–5.29 oz). Adult males have a plumage that is dark brown above, glossed green on sides of neck, and cinnamon brown below. As noted, they have conspicuous white face markings. The feet, iris and orbital skin are red, the bill is black. Females and young males are generally similar, with a lighter brown plumage and dull grey facial markings. The males of western African subspecies have a dark grey plumage


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Jared Hersch
Spotted by
Jared Hersch

Knysna Local Municipality, Western Cape, South Africa

Spotted on Oct 24, 2014
Submitted on Oct 24, 2014

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