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
2021-02-25 18:57Dakar-Plateau2
2021-03-03 23:31Lamin (Town)
2021-02-12 18:05Parque de N´Batonha (Lagoa do PNUD)3
2021-02-10 15:46White Volta River at Daboya3
2021-03-04 17:26Hobatere Lodge20
2021-03-06 14:35Grootberg Lodge3
2021-03-01 10:19Windhoek National Botanical Gardens2
2021-02-18 10:30Queen Elizabeth II NP--Ishasha sector 21
2021-03-06 09:20Kibale Guest Cottages1
2021-02-13 10:00Echuya Forest Reserve1
2021-02-09 16:00Lake Mburo NP--Entrance Road1
2021-02-26 15:25Fish River Canyon--Hobas
2021-03-03 07:40Uganda Wildlife Education Centre1
2021-02-27 07:43Lutembe Beach and Wetlands6
2021-02-16 09:15Lake Victoria--Mfangano Island2
2021-03-06 07:35Naya Hill2
2021-02-08 09:14Augrabies Falls NP8
2021-03-05 06:08Angama Lodge (Ol Kurruk)1
2021-02-23 06:30Maasai Mara NR--Mara Triangle4
2021-03-03 07:26Berg River Estuary25
2021-02-23 11:55West Coast NP3
2021-03-02 09:37West Coast NP--Geelbek hides vicinity6
2021-03-01 07:15West Coast NP--Geelbek Salt Pans5
2021-03-03 16:10St Andrews Turi, KE (-0.279, 35.764)1
2021-03-01 14:30Serengeti NP--Naabi Hill Gate4
2021-02-23 07:57Addis Ababa--Bole International Airport4
2021-02-25 15:00Lake Nakuru NP2
2021-03-05 18:36Lake Nakuru NP--Lake Nakuru Lodge1
2021-02-08 15:03Lake Awassa--United Africa Shebelle Hotel area1
2021-02-07 07:03Nyahururu Falls2
2021-03-01 11:15Ngorongoro Conservation Area--Olduvai Gorge4
2021-03-06 17:21Intaka Island30
2021-02-28 14:00Kommetjie--Lighthouse10
2021-03-05 07:26Kirstenhof Wetland7
2021-02-28 08:15Debre Birhan countryside
2021-02-25 10:51Rondevlei Nature Reserve1
2021-03-02 12:15Strandfontein WTP1
2021-02-17 14:19Simon's Town1
2021-02-06 07:30Offshore--Cape Pt. to trawling grounds5
2021-02-27 07:09Ceres--Road to dam1
2021-03-07 07:40Ataye Wetlands
2021-02-21 16:48Macassar Sewage Works
2021-02-28 07:47Breede River Bridge on R432
2021-03-04 08:44Stellenboschberg--Lower Trail1
2021-03-04 10:14Paardevlei5
2021-02-13 12:00Shewa Robit area
2021-02-15 16:00Spanish Farm Guest Lodge1
2021-02-14 09:29Woodlands Stop-Over
2021-02-11 08:01Helderberg Nature Reserve1
2021-02-08 06:55Upper Magadi Road (from Corner Baridi to Oltepesi/Olorgesaillie)1
2021-02-06 13:57Betty's Bay (general area)4
2021-02-21 07:00Dulecha
2021-02-24 07:56Nairobi River @ National Museums of Kenya (incl. Boulevard Hotel)5
2021-02-22 06:30Samburu NR--Samburu Intrepids Lodge2
2021-02-21 07:06Nairobi NP
2021-03-05 06:30JK International Airport, Embakasi2
2021-03-07 07:30Magongo Hills1
2021-02-13 15:20Marakele NP1
2021-03-06 09:41Karoo NP--Main Rest Camp1
2021-02-28 07:17Abe Bailey Nature Reserve4
2021-02-26 05:49Kgomo-Kgomo1
2021-03-04 05:45Wolfhuiskraal to Kgomo-Kgomo2
2021-03-01 06:00Sondela Nature Reserve1
2021-02-06 17:43Karoo Gariep Nature Reserve5
2021-02-13 06:25Nylsvley Nature Reserve--Vogelfontein1
2021-02-07 16:20Houtrivier Dam2
2021-02-08 20:08Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden--Ruimsig Falls1
2021-02-09 15:00Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden6
2021-03-06 05:59Diepsloot Nature Reserve4
2021-02-08 08:53Wilderness NP2
2021-02-19 08:00Eagle Canyon Golf Estate2
2021-02-14 06:51Dainfern2
2021-02-15 16:09Golden Harvest Park
2021-02-17 11:45Norscot Koppies Kingfisher Nature Reserve6
2021-02-20 07:15Northcliff Ridge Eco Park6
2021-02-20 06:33Roodeplaat Dam Nature Reserve4
2021-03-06 06:29Moreleta Kloof Nature Reserve8
2021-02-20 10:40Zebra Country Lodge2
2021-02-27 10:11Rietvlei Nature Reserve1
2021-02-14 06:14Mkhombo Nature Reserve6
2021-02-21 06:00Thokoza Wetland2
2021-02-12 07:48Bitou River Valley50
2021-03-07 07:36Marievale Bird Sanctuary1
2021-02-13 06:26Marievale Bird Sanctuary--Hadeda Hide1
2021-02-12 10:12Piesang Valley and Estuary4
2021-02-13 07:38Keurbooms River Estuary10
2021-03-04 06:18Devon Grasslands IBA (Gauteng Province)8
2021-02-27 08:35Devon Grasslands IBA (Mpumalanga Province)12
2021-02-15 06:30Leeupan (Mpumalanga Province)8
2021-02-19 18:31Mountain Zebra NP--Restcamp2
2021-02-21 11:47Alzu Rest Stop6
2021-02-20 15:28Wonderfontein Pans2
2021-02-17 06:26Harrismith2
2021-02-12 17:48Volksrust13
2021-02-07 16:04Wakkerstroom area (Please be more specific)1
2021-02-21 14:19Midmar Dam--North Shore (Main Gate)1
2021-02-20 06:50Cedara Agricultural College Conservancy1
2021-02-06 14:55Hilton--Mondi Forests1
2021-02-28 11:42Albert Falls NR10
2021-02-10 07:55KaMsholo Bushveld Safaris (formerly Nisela Safaris)1
2021-02-13 07:08Pietermaritzburg--Bisley Valley NR7
2021-03-02 06:22Pietermaritzburg--Darvill Resources Park1
2021-02-27 07:18Hole in the Wall3