Namaqua Dove

Oena capensis

Namaqua Dove, Oena capensis, photo © by Michael Plagens.

A male seen at Lake Baringo National Park, Kenya. October 2016.

A small dove that often forages for seeds and flower buds on the ground and that has a long, slender, tapered tail feathers. The male is more striking in its plumage: The face and upper chest are black while the bill orange-red. Reddish-brown feathers in wings visible in-flight.

Columbidae -- Pigeon Family


  • Birds of Kenya and Northern Tanzania by Zimmerman et al.
  • Birds of East Africa by Stevenson and Fanshawe

More Information:

Kenya Natural History

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