Mourning Collared Dove
(African Mourning Dove)

Streptopelia decipiens

African Mourning Dove, Streptopelia decipiens, photo © by Michael Plagens.

Eldoret, Kenya. January 2012. This male has expanded the neck and upper chest as a display.

These doves are common in Kenya especially near water such as irrigation schemes and in agricultural areas generally. They feed especially on grass seeds and spilled grain on the ground. The eyes are yellowish and a patch of bare reddish skin around the eyes. The feet are also reddish. Mourning Collared Dove is related to the Eurasian Collared Dove which has been introduced to North America.

Columbidae -- Dove and Pigeon Family


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

More Information on the Internet:

Kenya Natural History

Copyright Michael J. Plagens, page created 28 January 2012,
updated 23 Sept. 2016.