Namaqua Dove (Oena capensis) - HBW 4, p. 150
French: Tourtelette masquée
Spanish: Tortolita Rabilarga
Other common names: Cape/Long-tailed Dove
Taxonomy: Columba capensis Linnaeus, 1766, Cape of Good Hope.
Related to members of genus Turtur with which it shares plumage characters and a vocalization. Racial variation questionably valid. Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- capensis (Linnaeus, 1766) - sub-Saharan Africa, Socotra and Arabia; recently established in Israel.
- aliena Bangs, 1918 - Madagascar.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 26 videos
Two birds foraging on the ground. Locality Tendaba Airfield, Tendaba, Lower River Division , The Gambia (Monotypic species)
Yoel Jimenez 2 November 2014 40 weeks ago 15 sec 4.8
A male perched in an acacia tree, singing. Locality Jemmu Valley, Ethiopia (ssp capensis)
Josep del Hoyo 25 November 2005 10 years ago 44 sec 4.7
A bird moving about on the ground. Locality Isalo, Toliara Province, Madagascar (ssp aliena)
Paul Clarke 25 September 2011 4 years ago 32 sec 4.6
one male perching Locality Tujering, Western Division, The Gambia (ssp capensis)
Daniêl Jimenez 25 December 2011 4 years ago 31 sec 4.6
A male feeding on the ground Locality Nianing, Thiès Region, Senegal (ssp capensis)
Juan Sanabria 7 January 2007 9 years ago 30 sec 4.6
Male Perched Locality Newquay Zoo, Cornwall, England, Great Britain
Joe Angseesing 26 December 2015 17 weeks ago 13 sec 4.5
PhotosSee all 61 photos
Adult male on Acacia
Locality Serengeti National Park, Serengeti, Tanzania
GunnarPettersson 27 November 2011 1 year ago 4.8
bird on a branch
Locality Chobe National Park, North-West District, Botswana
David Taylor 1 September 2014 1 year ago 4.7
A male showing its wings
Locality Samburu-Buffalo Springs National Reserves, Kenya (ssp capensis)
Jean Hupperetz 26 November 2008 6 years ago 4.5
Locality Meru National Park, Kenya (ssp capensis)
maurizioravasini 23 August 2012 1 year ago 4.5
Bird perched on a branch.
Locality Samburu-Buffalo Springs National Reserves, Kenya
Tadeusz Rosinski 1 December 2014 1 year ago 4.5
A male perched on a branch.
Locality Sabaki (Galana) River Delta, Kenya
Tadeusz Rosinski 25 January 2013 3 years ago 4.4