Tambourine Dove

Turtur tympanistria

Tambourine Dove, Turtur tympanistria, photo © by Michael Plagens.

Photographed near Iten on the Elgeyo Escarpment, Kenya, Africa. Oct. 2016. Sitting motionless on a nest about 10m above the ground.

From Wikipedia: widespread resident breeding bird in woodlands and other thick vegetation in Africa south of the Sahara Desert. The tambourine dove is a small plump pigeon, typically 22 cm in length. The male has a white face with a black spot behind the eye, white underparts and a grey crown. Its back, hind neck, wings and tail are pale grey brown, and the folded wings have large dark purple patches. The under tail is brown. The eye ring and feet are purple-red, and the bill is purple. The female is duller, and is white only on the belly, the face and breast being a pale grey-brown. The crown is grey-brown, without the blue-grey of the male. The call of this bird is a persistently repeated du-du-du-du-du.

Columbidae -- Dove and Pigeon Family


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

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Kenya Natural History

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