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 23 videos
A male perched in an acacia tree, singing. Locality Jemmu Valley, Ethiopia (ssp capensis)
Josep del Hoyo 25 November 2005 9 years ago 44 sec 4.7
Two birds foraging on the ground. Locality Tendaba Airfield, Tendaba, Lower River Division , The Gambia (Monotypic species)
Yoel Jimenez 2 November 2014 10 weeks ago 15 sec 4.7
A bird moving about on the ground. Locality Isalo, Toliara Province, Madagascar (ssp aliena)
Paul Clarke 25 September 2011 3 years ago 32 sec 4.6
one male perching Locality Tujering, Western Division, The Gambia (ssp capensis)
Daniêl Jimenez 25 December 2011 3 years ago 31 sec 4.6
A male feeding on the ground Locality Nianing, Thiès Region, Senegal (ssp capensis)
Juan Sanabria 7 January 2007 8 years ago 30 sec 4.6
Female resting on a rock. Locality Al Kaltah, Al Zilfi (Al Zulfi), Riyadh Province, Saudi Arabia
mansorea 8 July 2012 3 years ago 20 sec 4.4
PhotosSee all 56 photos
Adult male on Acacia
Locality Serengeti National Park, Serengeti, Tanzania
GunnarPettersson 27 November 2011 34 weeks ago 4.8
bird on a branch
Locality Chobe National Park, North-West District, Botswana
David Taylor 1 September 2014 50 weeks ago 4.7
A male showing its wings
Locality Samburu-Buffalo Springs National Reserves, Kenya (ssp capensis)
Jean Hupperetz 26 November 2008 5 years ago 4.5
Locality Meru National Park, Kenya (ssp capensis)
maurizioravasini 23 August 2012 30 weeks ago 4.5
Bird perched on a branch.
Locality Samburu-Buffalo Springs National Reserves, Kenya
Tadeusz Rosinski 1 December 2014 44 weeks ago 4.5
A male perched on a branch.
Locality Sabaki (Galana) River Delta, Kenya
Tadeusz Rosinski 25 January 2013 2 years ago 4.4