The speckled pigeon (Columba guinea), or (African) rock pigeon, is a pigeon that is a resident breeding bird in much of Africa south of the Sahara. It is a common and widespread species in open habitats over much of its range, although there are sizable gaps in its distribution.

This species builds a large stick nest on protected rocky outcrops and in urban areas often atop covered pergola pillars and on flat roofs under deep eaves and lays two white eggs. Its flight is quick, with regular beats and an occasional sharp flick of the wings that are characteristic of pigeons in general.

This is a large pigeon at 41 cm in length. Its back and wings are rufous, the latter heavily speckled with white spots. The rest of the upperparts and underparts are blue-grey, and the head is grey with red patches around the eye. The neck is brownish, streaked with white, and the legs are red. The call is a loud doo-doo-doo.

Sexes are similar, but immatures are browner than adults and lack the red eye patches.

The speckled pigeon is frequently seen around human habitation and cultivation. Most of its food is vegetable, and it gathers in large numbers where grain or groundnuts are available.



Speckled Pigeon
Date Location Count
2020-02-13 08:05Ngor--Hotel Le Calao (seawatch)1
2020-02-16 10:25Technopole
2020-02-16 08:00Lac Mbeubeusse2
2020-02-01 09:58RN de Popenguine1
2020-01-30 13:43Barrage de Diama-Maka1
2020-01-26Plaine de (dé)crue du fleuve Sénégal à l'aval de Diama8
2020-01-21 07:10Brousses de Toddé4
2020-01-29 12:30Réserve Sylvo-Pastorale de Mpal Merinaghene1
2020-01-29 14:15Vallée du Ferlo (au sud de Keur Momar Sarr)2
2020-01-27 08:30Tujereng Lagoon2
2020-02-04 08:00Brufut Woods5
2020-02-10 17:05Senegambia Hotel Gardens and Beach2
2020-01-20 18:15Casino Cycle Track2
2020-02-02 08:09Kotu Creek--Bridge and Mouth9
2020-02-15 15:54Kotu Creek2
2020-01-20 15:00Calypso Beach Bar1
2020-01-22 10:30PNDS--Mangroves Toubacouta/Sipo
2020-02-13 08:55Abuko NR2
2020-02-16 08:10Tambi rice fields3
2020-02-18 08:12Toubacouta--Mangrove et brousse1
2020-02-15 08:40Kartong Wetland25
2020-02-03 20:00Banjul International Airport1
2020-01-23 07:57Dassilame Serere--Village et mangrove18
2020-02-13 13:12Lamin Lodge20
2020-02-14 12:00Stala Adventures Eco-Lodge1
2020-01-21 15:50Sandicoly--Zone amodiée2
2020-02-14 12:35Marakissa Rivercamp5
2020-01-21 18:10Santhie Bera--Barrage et brousse2
2020-01-22 16:42Jardins de Keur Mama Lamine1
2020-02-02 14:52Farasuto Forest Community Nature Reserve1
2020-02-04 08:17Diembéring--Ecoparc1
2020-02-04 15:32Kagnout--Marais50
2020-02-03 08:06Forêt de Djibelor (Eaux et Forêts)
2020-01-28 18:03Gamadji Saré1
2020-02-10 08:24Janjanbureh--North Bank1
2020-02-06 16:42Campement de Wassadou
2020-02-06 07:45White Volta River at Daboya5
2020-02-03 08:30Tamale-Techiman Rd., Dungu2
2020-01-28 07:40IITA Forest Reserve and Lake1
2020-01-31 16:13Amurum Forest Reserve (APLORI)1
2020-02-16 08:36Swakopmund (general area)7
2020-02-15 15:47Walvis Bay--waterfront3
2020-02-14 11:30Sesriem20
2020-02-10 06:41Windhoek--Hosea Kutako Airport1
2020-02-09 16:20Ruhengeri--general area2
2020-02-08 07:53Lake Mburo NP2
2020-02-11 18:50Quivertree Forest Rest Camp1
2020-02-12 09:30Fish River Canyon--main overlook2
2020-02-06 09:30Mabamba Swamp1
2020-01-27 15:30Entebbe Intl Airport2
2020-01-23 17:07Makerere University campus1
2020-01-25 16:10Entebbe Botanical Garden1
2020-02-06 17:00Sheraton Gardens (Kampala)1
2020-01-21 06:30Kidepo Valley NP2
2020-02-10 16:59Gondar -- Fasilides' Bath10
2020-02-14 15:58Gondar Hill Resort3
2020-02-09 07:35Bahir Dar1
2020-02-10 06:20Lake Tana Hotel6
2020-01-26 20:50Bahar Dar Landfill5
2020-02-11 14:38Simien Lodge5
2020-02-10 16:27Hwange NP--Robin's Camp5
2020-02-11 13:30Serengeti NP--Grumeti River near Kirawira Camp4
2020-01-31 08:30Paternoster to St Helena Bay5
2020-01-26 08:00Maasai Mara NR--Mara Triangle8
2020-02-08 14:37Kliphoek Salt Pans1
2020-02-12 06:30Serengeti NP6
2020-01-29 10:18Lake Baringo--Inshore Cliffs and surrounds1
2020-01-30 07:46Lake Baringo--West Shore (incl. Baringo Club and Robert's Camp and airstrip)2
2020-02-11 11:17Serengeti NP--Naabi Hill Gate1
2020-01-23 17:09Addis Ababa--Ghion Hotel4
2020-02-03 07:22Addis Ababa--Bole International Airport30
2020-02-17 16:33Ngorongoro Conservation Area--Ndutu (general area)2
2020-01-30 08:00Ngorongoro Conservation Area--Lake Masek1
2020-02-04 07:59Darling Hills/Groote Post Road6
2020-01-31 16:06Lake Nakuru NP1
2020-01-31 07:20Abidjatta-Shalla NP2
2020-02-01 07:15Hawassa Lake Promenade1
2020-02-08 11:40Haile Resort1
2020-02-01 14:11Robben Island5
2020-02-07 11:00Cape Town--Sea Point2
2020-02-03 07:30Cape Town--V&A Waterfront4
2020-02-07 09:30Hout bay harbour2
2020-02-02 14:10Debre Birhan countryside10
2020-02-14 08:45Rondevlei Nature Reserve2
2020-01-25 08:20Ngorongoro Conservation Area--Ngorongoro Crater2
2020-02-05 14:02Strandfontein WTP5
2020-02-14 17:32Ngorongoro Conservation Area--Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge2
2020-02-09 11:00Gydo Pass2
2020-02-02 09:37Strand Beach (Btwn Beach Rd and Dolfyn St.)3
2020-02-03 06:10Rooi-Els3
2020-02-06 07:00Kwakachinja1
2020-01-26 11:00Lake Basaka--north shore2
2020-01-29 06:30Ole Sereni Hotel3
2020-02-17 08:15Awash NP--Lodge and Falls2
2020-01-28 11:21JK International Airport, Embakasi4
2020-01-26 06:38Awash NP (Please use more specific hotspot)5
2020-02-18 07:45Tarangire NP1
2020-01-28 12:16Savage Camp. Sagana.10
2020-02-18 21:45Sanitas Tea Garden1
2020-02-01 07:40Swara Plains Conservancy and Acacia Camp (formerly Hopcraft Ranch/Game Ranching Ltd.)2
2020-02-04 06:53Aledeghi Wildlife Reserve10
2020-02-09 16:00Magongo Hills2
2020-02-03 07:21Amboseli NP1
2020-02-06 02:22Bontebok NP1
2020-02-16 16:58Benfontein Nature Reserve2
2020-02-09 10:11Kgomo-Kgomo3
2020-01-29 07:18Sagala Lodge/Ndara Ranch10
2020-02-04 15:30Djibouti University-Balbala Campus
2020-02-10 08:11Djibouti City--Kempinski Hotel8
2020-02-09 06:04Zaagkuildrift Rd (Please be more specific)
2020-02-06 16:00Decan Wildlife Refuge
2020-02-08 07:31Soetdoring Nature Reserve30
2020-02-16 06:41Diepsloot Nature Reserve5
2020-02-02 06:51Rooiwal WTP1
2020-01-20 06:20Kloofendal Municipal Nature Reserve2
2020-02-16 06:49Eagle Canyon Golf Estate12
2020-01-29 16:52Norscot Koppies Kingfisher Nature Reserve1
2020-02-03 17:55Candlewoods Wetland1
2020-02-09 11:14Free State Botanical Gardens15
2020-02-15 05:43Rietvlei Nature Reserve2
2020-02-15 14:02Marievale Bird Sanctuary2
2020-02-15 07:36Marievale Bird Sanctuary--Hadeda Hide1
2020-01-25 14:51Amanzintaba1
2020-02-03Hannah Game Lodge4
2020-02-08 13:00Karkloof - Lower Rd30
2020-02-05 08:45Cedara Agricultural College Conservancy6
2020-02-08 12:37Macaneta--Tidal wetland, dune forests and coast1