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Dove: African Mourning

Unread postby wildtuinman » Wed Apr 06, 2005 11:38 am

As far as I can remember I have only seen them in Letaba. What a beautifull sound they make.

Are they as common as in Letaba at other camps?
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Unread postby Guinea Pig » Wed Apr 06, 2005 12:18 pm

For me Letaba = Mourning Doves! 8)
When we were at Satara in September we heard them there for the first time as well. Not in the campsite though, in the circle of bugalows in the lefthand corner and furthest from the gate as you enter.
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Unread postby ngala » Wed Apr 06, 2005 3:25 pm

oh yes, I just love their kur-r-r-r-r-r-r-r-r-r sound.
Also saw them in Letaba, while enjoying the riverview near restaurant.

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Unread postby Guinea Pig » Wed Apr 06, 2005 4:07 pm

Ian Sinclair describes the sound as "A soft, dove-like 'cooooc-curr'. What makes this sound memorable is the impression it leaves you with - the dove is not called "mourning dove" without reason. It has large red circles round the eyes like someone who's been crying and the sound is very sad. Interesting - Ian Sinclair mentions Satara in his Field Guide as the place to look for them.
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Unread postby Shidzidzii » Thu Apr 07, 2005 11:00 am

Shingwedzi camp also excellent for seeing them and yes the "k-ur-r-r..." sound is so relaxing.

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Unread postby jaapvandijk » Thu Apr 07, 2005 9:12 pm

I alway wonderd what dove made that Kur-r-r-r-r-r-r-rrr sound. (well before buying a birdbook and a video with the sounds of the KNP birds)And now back home I found an old tape with birdsounds on it (and their name). Just intresting to listen to tham and try to imitate tham. Can imitate the cape tortle dove, emerald spotted wooddove, the kur-r-r-r-rr of the mourningdove already. Some more birds, but I like the mourning dove's kurrrrr.
(i also like to imitate the ostrich, black-collard barbet, ground hornbill and burchals coucal) :shock: :? {yes I know this sound a bit wyrd, but thats me :lol: )

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Mourning Doves

Unread postby Elsa » Fri Apr 08, 2005 8:35 pm

Although the Mourning dove has a lovely soothing call, I still think the emerald spotted dove has an instant game reserve ring to it and you either know you are there or you wish you were when you hear it.

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Unread postby Wild about cats » Thu Dec 07, 2006 1:50 pm

Yes, I also see and hear them in Letaba and Satara. When I was little, I called it the afternoon bird, because that was the only time I heard it.
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Mourning Doves distribution in Kruger

Unread postby Owl » Tue Sep 11, 2007 11:33 am

The Mourning Dove has a strangely restricted range in Kruger. It is common in camps like Shingwedzi, Letaba and Satara, and less so at Tshokwane and Lower Sabie. It is also found at a handful of other spots, but although these locations are spread over the length of the park, it is rarely seen and seemingly absent from the territory in between.

There seems to be a recent colonisation of some sites in the far south of the park, even in private locations south of the Crocodile River. Have readers noticed Mourning Doves moving south? Where are these other locations?

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Unread postby bert » Tue Sep 11, 2007 5:56 pm

Seen two in a branch on the banks of the Sabie between
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Unread postby bentley » Wed Sep 12, 2007 9:04 am

There is a lodge(is the lodge name allowed to be mentioned on parks site ?) on Crocodile river not far from Croc bridge where I've heard them. Second Bert on his observation, especially LS region.
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Unread postby Owl » Wed Sep 12, 2007 9:41 am

Ngwenya is indeed where some of the recent reports are from. It would be interesting to know if these are a recent colonisation or if they have been there since the lodge's inception?

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Unread postby Batmad » Mon Aug 04, 2008 1:21 pm

Awsome bird! has one of my favourite calls!
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Re: African Mourning dove

Unread postby DinkyBird » Sat Aug 30, 2008 7:20 pm

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Re: Dove: African Mourning

Unread postby granjan » Thu Feb 17, 2011 9:32 pm

Taken in Satara last month.
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