Cape Turtle Dove

Streptopelia capicola

The cape turtle dove (otherwise known as the ring-necked dove) is an abundant species with a black, half-moom collar on its nape. Its three-syllabled crooning is a very familiar sound of the southern African bush.

This particular dove is both widespread and abundant in southern Africa and can be seen just about anywhere. My favourite place for observing this species is the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, where they arrive in their hordes to drink in the mornings and afternoons, and are also the main attraction for predatory birds.


Cape Turtle Dove / Underberg, South Africa / 19 April 2015 Cape Turtle Dove / Underberg, South Africa / 19 April 2015 Cape Turtle Dove / Underberg, South Africa / 19 April 2015 Cape Turtle Dove / Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park / 01 May 2013 Cape Turtle Dove / Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa / 30 April 2013 Cape Turtle Dove / Underberg, South Africa / 19 April 2015 Cape Turtle Dove / Underberg, South Africa / 19 April 2015 Cape Turtle Dove / Mkuze Falls Game Reserve, South Africa / 02 May 2010 Cape Turtle Dove / Old Verdana Spa Road, Mabusa National Park, South Africa / 19 August 2011 Cape Turtle Dove / Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa / 30 April 2013 Cape Turtle Dove / Mkhombo Dam Nature Reserve, South Africa / 11 January 2013 Cape Turtle Dove / Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa / 30 April 2013 Cape Turtle Dove / Rust de Winter, South Africa / 12 September 2010
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