Sunday, 9 March 2014

Namaqua Dove

Namaqua Dove Oena capensis
Sof Omar, Ethiopia
15 January 2014

    Surely one of the most delightful doves imaginable, Namaqua Dove is quite common in the various regions of Africa where it is found. It is tiny, much the smallest of all the African columbids, measuring only 28cm from the tip of its tail to the end of its bill, laid out flat. This male shows its distinctive plumage with jet-black forehead, face, sides of neck and breast. I had last seen this species in South Africa in 2008 and it gave me great pleasure to enjoy its company anew.


  1. His black forehead is very original, great shot, greetings

  2. The male is certainly a striking dove, in a very spiky perch.

  3. Beautiful shot of this beautiful dove.
    Greetings Irma

  4. He's certainly showing off his black face. A very long tail for such a small dove. I think I saw them in Kenya but can't be sure.

    Good to hear the Spring is arriving in your part of the world. All those lovely sparrows and warblers soon.

  5. It's beautiful, the Dove looks so good, brilliant photo David.

  6. I will come back, here.
    very intresting.
    Thank you for visiting me.