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Doves: Namaqua Dove

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Unread postby wildtuinman » Wed Oct 05, 2005 7:22 am

I have only seen them whilst playing golf at Skukuza GC. Where else is a good spot to find them?
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Unread postby Bush Baptist » Wed Oct 05, 2005 8:17 pm

At the Nossob hide in Kgalagadi, the lanner falcons take their pick from the namaquas and others that stop for a drink. I suppose it happens at the other waterholes where I have seen lanners in that park.
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Unread postby j-ms » Thu Oct 06, 2005 9:26 pm

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Unread postby Shikra » Sun Feb 19, 2006 6:18 pm

Hi Krokodile. it is a Namaqua Dove.

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Unread postby Jay » Sun Feb 19, 2006 6:24 pm

yes it is a Namaqua dove, the only dove with a black face according to the bird books. it is terribly attractive in flight too, as it has a very white stomach.

They live in the bush around my house Krok, and Oumie says they live in her area too.

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Unread postby Krokodile » Sun Feb 19, 2006 6:41 pm

Thanks!
I'd not seen one before and, somehow, missed it in the Sasol bird book. From the description it appears that its natural territory stretches from the west coast diagonally up to the central to north part of the KNP - this one was seen just outside Letaba, so looks to be towards the limit of its natural range. I thought Oumie lived in Cape Town, where the bird is rarely found?

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Unread postby Jose » Sun Feb 19, 2006 6:50 pm

Krokodile wrote:<...> missed it in the Sasol bird book <...>

I find the colour of the illustration in my Sasol (2nd ed.) a little misleading, but as the others pointed out above, the black mask is a give-away. Plus the yellow bill and the long tail, which is not clearly visible in your pics because of the angle. I don't know how rare (or not rare) they are around the Cape but I've seen them in the SSands and Hl/U too.

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Unread postby Krokodile » Sun Feb 19, 2006 6:55 pm

Thanks!
I'd not seen one before and, somehow, missed it in the Sasol bird book. From the description it appears that its natural territory stretches from the west coast diagonally up to the central to north part of the KNP - this one was seen just outside Letaba, so looks to be towards the limit of its natural range. I thought Oumie lived in Cape Town, where the bird is rarely found?

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Unread postby francoisd » Mon Feb 20, 2006 9:35 am

We saw a number of these birds during our recent visit to Kruger.

As to distribution in the Cape Town area, I have found them on a regular basis at Elsenburg Agricultural College outside Stellenbosch.

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Unread postby Elsa » Wed Jan 17, 2007 8:55 pm

Please excuse the background, not the best but these were seen at one of the waterholes in KTP and many other places there.

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Unread postby Wild about cats » Thu Feb 07, 2008 6:31 pm

We saw lots of these birds around the Orpen area in December 2007. They were in the roads and flew off at the slightest movement, especially on Rabelies Loop. We Id'd one on the S93 I think? Beautiful Birds!
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Unread postby Freda » Thu Feb 07, 2008 6:49 pm

Lovely bird, saw this on the 25th Jan just before we got in the 50km range for the Big Birding Weekend :roll:
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Re: Doves: Namaqua Dove

Unread postby DuQues » Wed Feb 04, 2009 12:46 pm

A female in KTP:

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Re: Doves: Namaqua Dove

Unread postby JenB » Sun Mar 29, 2009 2:29 pm

Juvenile Namaqua Dove (Kruger Park)

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Re: Doves: Namaqua Dove

Unread postby DinkyBird » Sun Mar 29, 2009 3:58 pm

Kruger, March 2009

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