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
2020-11-28 07:30Windhoek--Avis Dam25
2020-11-26 07:32Ruhondo wetland4
2020-11-02 06:45Gondar Hill Resort3
2020-11-08 06:44Bahir Dar3
2020-11-06 11:17Simien Lodge2
2020-11-05 06:27Simien Mountains NP1
2020-11-26 07:05Maasai Mara NR--Mara Triangle
2020-11-13 10:08West Coast NP2
2020-11-01 08:07West Coast NP--Geelbek hides vicinity2
2020-11-26 13:27Serengeti NP--Naabi Hill Gate8
2020-11-14 12:11Serengeti NP--Naabi Hill4
2020-11-01 07:02Addis Ababa--Bole International Airport3
2020-11-08 07:30Lake Nakuru NP2
2020-11-08 06:16Lake Nakuru NP--Lion Hill Lodge2
2020-11-07 13:33Nyahururu Falls4
2020-11-29 09:45Robben Island4
2020-11-11 05:48Cape Town--Sea Point2
2020-11-22 17:18Malmesbury1
2020-11-14 07:55Ngorongoro Conservation Area--NW Crater Slope10
2020-11-14 11:30Chachaguda River Bridge (Amhara Province)1
2020-11-15 16:30Raapenberg Bird Sanctuary3
2020-11-17 14:33Intaka Island4
2020-11-14 09:07Kommetjie1
2020-11-21 09:18Kirstenhof Wetland3
2020-11-21 11:30Rondevlei Nature Reserve4
2020-11-28 07:39KWS Hippo Camp, Lake Naivasha1
2020-11-28 17:00Strandfontein WTP2
2020-11-21 17:28Paardevlei10
2020-11-21 12:57Lourens River Mouth
2020-11-03 15:18Namunyak WTC--Sarara Camp2
2020-11-06 08:37Namunyak Wildlife Conservancy (general)1
2020-11-15 07:11Rooi-Els2
2020-11-03 07:22Franschhoek4
2020-11-29 14:05Karen Country Club1
2020-11-09 06:45Lewa Wildlife Conservancy--Lewa Safari Camp (Lerai Tented Camp)1
2020-11-07 09:45Nairobi NP
2020-11-10 15:50Lewa Wildlife Conservancy6
2020-11-03 07:15Buffalo Springs NR
2020-11-07 06:08Buffalo Springs NR--Buffalo Springs Lodge2
2020-11-07 08:18Timau Junction20
2020-11-22 08:15Lukenya Hill (1600-1820m)
2020-11-21 16:30Magongo Hills1
2020-11-14 07:24Platbos Forest6
2020-11-20 17:25Ngare Sero Mountain Lodge5
2020-11-10 07:15Amboseli NP25
2020-11-01 07:59De Mond Nature Reserve3
2020-11-17 06:00Lake Abhe, Southeastern Shore, Djibouti2
2020-11-16 05:35Pilanesberg NP--Kwa Maritane2
2020-11-19 06:53Roodekopjes Dam Nature Reserve20
2020-11-22 06:06Breedtsnek Pass1
2020-11-23 08:26Garissa (general)1
2020-11-29 19:28Cradle of Humankind WHS1
2020-11-18 05:53Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden8
2020-11-19 06:10Eagle Canyon Golf Estate3
2020-11-28 05:51President Ridge Bird Sanctuary2
2020-11-28 16:33Darrenwood Dam6
2020-11-03 16:59University of Pretoria--Main Campus9
2020-11-08 06:00Rietvlei Nature Reserve20
2020-11-26 06:37Norkem Park1
2020-11-11 15:51Bongani Mabaso Eco Park1
2020-11-15 06:49Mkhombo Nature Reserve
2020-11-15 05:40Thokoza Wetland8
2020-11-21 10:00Bitou River Valley2
2020-11-24 12:26Marievale Bird Sanctuary12
2020-11-24 11:43Marievale Bird Sanctuary--Hadeda Hide8
2020-11-21 07:00Piesang Valley and Estuary2
2020-11-13 08:16Devon Grasslands IBA (Gauteng Province)10
2020-11-27 12:01Loskop Dam Nature Reserve4
2020-11-01 07:53Mountain Zebra NP2
2020-11-06 07:32Dullstroom2
2020-11-17 15:11Blyde River Canyon Resort
2020-11-17 14:30Blyde River Canyon NR--Three Rondavels Lookout
2020-11-17 07:21Vaalhoek Road
2020-11-20 12:34Harrismith5
2020-11-21 05:15Witsieshoek Mountain Lodge2
2020-11-24 05:41Addo Elephant NP--Main Rest Camp1
2020-11-28 04:23Memel1
2020-11-15 10:02Daggakraal4
2020-11-21 07:17Happy Valley Nature Reserve1
2020-11-02 17:04Van Reenen's Pass1
2020-11-28 07:45Shamwari Private Game Reserve
2020-11-14 12:03Wakkerstroom Wetland Reserve10
2020-11-14 14:26Dirkiesdorp Plain5
2020-11-14 05:05Wakkerstroom - Yellow-breasted Pipit Fields (KZN)4
2020-11-14 06:28Groenvlei4
2020-11-22 14:54Hawane Reservoir1
2020-11-21 07:00Giants Castle GR - Injisuthi
2020-11-22 15:56Umzimkulu River Lodge1
2020-11-29 14:34Midmar Dam - South Shore (Thurlow Gate)8
2020-11-22 05:11Ixopo--Kings Grant Country Retreat1