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Pigeon, Speckled

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Johan van Rensburg
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Pigeon, Speckled

Unread post by Johan van Rensburg » Fri Feb 07, 2014 6:04 am

Amazingly this widespread and common endemic to most of sub-Saharan Africa is absent from our Bird Index. Maybe its because Columba guinea is scarce in the Kruger NP; I have yet to see one there.

The Speckled Pigeon usually lives in rocky, mountainous areas, but has adapted well to human habitation and is frequently found on buildings and in gardens.

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Its nest is usually placed on ledges, gullies, buildings or in large trees and is built by the female, with the male collecting the material.

Speckled pigeons are usually seen in pairs but may congregate to form large flocks of several hundred when not breeding.

It feeds mostly on seeds.
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Re: Pigeon, Speckled

Unread post by hilda » Fri Feb 07, 2014 6:46 am

Stunning picture Johan! We have them in our garden too! :D


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