Emerald-spotted Wood Dove

Turtur chalcospilos

This small, compact dove can be told from its blue-spotted cousin by its paler colour, all-black bill and green wingspots. Thankfully it’s name was changed back to emerald-spotted wood-dove (from green-spotted dove)!

We first recorded this iconic dove while staying at the beautiful Kosi Bay Forest Lodge in northern KwaZulu Natal.


Emerald-spotted Wood Dove / Kololo Game Reserve, South Africa / 23 November 2013 Emerald Spotted Wood Dove / Vaalwater, Limpopo Province, South Africa / 21 March 2015 Emerald-spotted Wood Dove / Kololo Game Reserve, South Africa / 23 November 2013 Emerald-spotted Wood Dove (Volkmanni) / Kurisa Moya, Magoeboskloof, South Africa / 11 June 2011 Emerald-spotted Wood Dove (Zambesiensis) / Ndumo Nature Reserve, South Africa / 20 September 2010 Emerald Spotted Wood Dove / Vaalwater, Limpopo Province, South Africa / 21 March 2015 Emerald-spotted Wood Dove (Volkmanni) / Nxai Pans, Botswana / 16 April 2011 Emerald-spotted Wood Dove / Kololo Game Reserve, South Africa / 23 November 2013
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