Laughing Dove

Streptopelia senegalensis

Laughing Dove, Streptopelia senegalensis, photo © by Michael Plagens.

Lake Baringo National Park, Kenya. October 2010.

Laughing Dove, so called because of the bird's calling sound, is found throughout Kenya in arid and semi-arid regions. It forages for food on the ground picking grass and other seeds. The best characters for identification are the black speckles in a rusty orange band across the upper chest and the bluish wings against a tawny-pink ground color.

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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updated 29 Sept. 2016.