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
2021-05-23 18:35Parque de N´Batonha (Lagoa do PNUD)1
2021-06-01 06:05Mole NP--Samole loop (north end)4
2021-05-17 15:00Amurum Forest Reserve (APLORI)2
2021-05-25 08:18White Lady Rock Art8
2021-05-26 07:09Erongo Wilderness Lodge9
2021-05-29 08:23Waterberg Plateau NP4
2021-06-09 11:37Windhoek National Botanical Gardens1
2021-06-06 07:30Kibale Forest Camp
2021-06-12 08:52Budongo Forest Reserve--Royal Mile2
2021-05-28 08:30Mabamba Swamp--Main channel2
2021-06-07 11:41Banga Beach1
2021-05-27 15:30Entebbe Botanical Garden1
2021-06-08 05:32Kidepo Valley NP (Please use more specific location if possible)1
2021-05-29 13:47Pikidi Gardens Ecolodge near Liunda Beach3
2021-06-06 08:04Serawongo Hills A2
2021-05-20 07:06Maasai Mara NR--Mara Triangle
2021-05-30 15:28Maasai Mara NR--Northern section and boundaries1
2021-06-05 16:13Lake Baringo--Inshore Cliffs and surrounds
2021-06-12 12:34West Coast NP--Geelbek hides vicinity3
2021-06-14 06:45Lake Baringo--West Shore (incl. Baringo Club and Robert's Camp and airstrip)6
2021-06-14 07:27St Andrews Turi, KE (-0.279, 35.764)2
2021-05-20 16:00Tienie Versveld Nature Reserve1
2021-05-19 14:15Intaka Island1
2021-06-11 14:55Kommetjie5
2021-06-13 09:02Marula Farm Estate, Lake Naivasha20
2021-06-14 09:28Kirstenhof Wetland1
2021-05-23 07:38Debre Birhan (general area)15
2021-05-16 11:20Elsie's Peak Trail Area1
2021-05-28 11:00Rondevlei Nature Reserve1
2021-06-12 07:08Naivasha Town3
2021-05-21 12:15Strandfontein WTP2
2021-06-09 16:32Simon's Town1
2021-05-22 09:44Mpala Ranch and Research Centre1
2021-06-10 06:06Mpala Research Centre--Labs2
2021-05-23 06:00Gemessa Gedel3
2021-05-23 12:30Ankober North5
2021-05-23 18:00Shewa Robit area3
2021-06-09 08:13Danie Miller Hiking Trail20
2021-06-02 10:05Karoo Desert National Botanical Garden2
2021-05-22 15:30Dulecha3
2021-06-13 13:21Stony Point--Penguin Colony1
2021-06-09 08:31Nairobi River @ National Museums of Kenya (incl. Boulevard Hotel)5
2021-06-12 16:32Ole Sereni Hotel2
2021-06-12 09:30Nairobi NP2
2021-05-29 06:37Samburu NR--Elephant Bedroom Camp2
2021-06-06 07:30Awash NP--southern section4
2021-05-30 06:51Buffalo Springs NR1
2021-05-17 06:00Mt. Kenya NP--Castle Forest and Lodge3
2021-06-14 16:16Vermont Pan5
2021-06-08 11:38Pearly Beach5
2021-06-13 10:24Madikwe Game Reserve2
2021-06-06 07:28Amboseli NP1
2021-06-04 12:08Kilima Safari Camp (-2.0768,37.4605)2
2021-05-29 13:35Outward Bound School and surrounds1
2021-05-24 13:06Honeywood Farms2
2021-06-13 09:10Mandegee farm1
2021-05-21 10:21Pilanesberg NP--Lengau Dam2
2021-06-06 14:33Pilanesberg NP--Bakgatla4
2021-06-13 08:00Pilanesberg NP--Nkakane Link Waterhole2
2021-06-13 09:30Pilanesberg NP--Kwa Maritane Game Drive1
2021-05-16 06:13Boons Road6
2021-06-13 13:35Voi (general)5
2021-06-10 15:30Kgomo-Kgomo5
2021-06-14 07:08Modimolle12
2021-06-10 08:30Zaagkuildrift Rd (Please be more specific; Do not log Kgomo-Kgomo birds here.)5
2021-06-09 11:20Sondela Nature Reserve1
2021-06-13 15:05Nylsvley Nature Reserve--Vogelfontein1
2021-06-10 08:00Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden5
2021-05-29 07:04Roodepoort Athletics Stadium4
2021-05-29 11:40Random Harvest Nursery4
2021-05-26 07:08Kloofendal Municipal Nature Reserve4
2021-06-07 07:10Eagle Canyon Golf Estate4
2021-06-08 15:26The Lakes Park5
2021-05-23 07:23Golden Harvest Park1
2021-06-08 07:53Loerie Park, Randpark Ridge4
2021-05-24 09:46Loerie Park2
2021-05-30 15:00Norscot Koppies Kingfisher Nature Reserve2
2021-05-27 09:17Jukskei River1
2021-05-22 08:30Randpark Golf Club5
2021-05-28 16:08Jan Cilliers Park1
2021-05-19 16:12LC de Villiers Sports Center1
2021-06-12 10:52Pretoria National Botanical Garden1
2021-06-02 11:46Glen Austin Bird Sanctuary5
2021-06-06 07:45Klipriviersberg Nature Reserve1
2021-05-23 06:49Rietvlei Nature Reserve2
2021-05-20 08:27Goukamma Nature Reserve--Ferry Trailhead22
2021-05-31 14:17Korsman Bird Sanctuary3
2021-05-28 09:11Knysna--Thesen Island waterfront
2021-05-23 14:59Suikerbosrand--Blesboklaagte Road1
2021-06-11 07:20Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve5
2021-05-31 16:39Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve--northeast corner2
2021-06-11 16:00Tsakane dams2
2021-05-30 13:17Marievale Bird Sanctuary50
2021-05-16 06:02Loskop Dam Nature Reserve2
2021-05-22 12:10Devon Grasslands IBA (Mpumalanga Province)4
2021-05-24 07:30Leeupan (Mpumalanga Province)15
2021-05-27 15:30Ambassador Hotel160
2021-06-13 11:02Abel Erasmus Pass/Strijdom Tunnel (Taita Falcon)1
2021-05-16 14:28Alzu Rest Stop20
2021-06-04 07:40Seekoeirivier Estuary1
2021-06-05 15:13Witsieshoek Mountain Lodge4
2021-05-22 08:35Cathedral Peak Hotel2
2021-06-12 13:29Midmar Dam--North Shore (Main Gate)6
2021-06-12 12:33Midmar Dam--South Shore (Thurlow Gate)100
2021-06-12 14:58Hilton--Garlington Estate6