The red-eyed dove (Streptopelia semitorquata) is a pigeon which is a widespread resident breeding bird in Africa south of the Sahara. It is a common, if not abundant, species in most habitats other than desert.

This species builds a stick nest in a tree and lays two white eggs. Its flight is quick, with the regular beats and an occasional sharp flick of the wings which are characteristic of pigeons in general.

Red-eyed dove is a largish, stocky pigeon, typically 30 cm (12 inches) in length. Its back, wings and tail are pale brown. When flying, it shows blackish flight feathers. The head and underparts are dark vinous-pink, shading to pale grey on the face. There is a black hind neck patch edged with white. The legs and a patch of bare skin around the eye are red. The call is a loud doo-doo-du-du.

Sexes are similar, but juveniles are duller than adults, and have scalloping on the body feathers.

Red-eyed doves eat grass seeds, grains and other vegetation. They often forage on the ground.

Like several other species in this genus, they are not particularly gregarious and often feed alone or in pairs.They can be found in forests near rivers.

The Red-eyed dove is part of the pigeon family. It is a relative of the turtledove of North Africa and Europe. Females lay two white eggs at a time.



Red-eyed Dove
Date Location Count
2020-11-19 17:42Bolanhas da Achada do Burro25
2020-11-08 07:34Wulki Farm2
2020-11-14 07:52Ebekawopa (Abrafo)--"stingless bee center" forest patch3
2020-11-07 15:51Brenu Beach--grasslands1
2020-11-06 08:29Coconut Grove Hotel, Bantuma1
2020-11-05 08:25Shai Hills Resource Reserve1
2020-11-15 17:17Vioolsdrift2
2020-10-29 05:55Springbok1
2020-11-02 07:30Goma--Lac Kivu Lodge1
2020-11-20 22:03Santawani Lodge
2020-11-07 07:00Mountain Gorilla Nest Hotel2
2020-11-14 07:09Volcanoes NP--Headquarters3
2020-11-01 05:58Ruhondo wetland2
2020-11-08 06:44Kibale Guest Cottages1
2020-11-27 08:29Kibale Forest NP6
2020-11-10 08:00Bigodi Swamp2
2020-11-14 06:34Kibale Forest Camp1
2020-11-13 07:27Bigodi Community Walk4
2020-11-13 10:08West Coast NP6
2020-10-30 09:09West Coast NP--West Coast Gate1
2020-11-03 06:44Nyarutarama Lake and Golf Course
2020-10-29 06:00Nyandungu Wetland23
2020-10-29 07:20UMUSAMBI VILLAGE - Wetlands and Grey Crowned Crane rehabilitation4
2020-11-22 17:46Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden1
2020-11-15 16:30Raapenberg Bird Sanctuary2
2020-11-17 14:33Intaka Island1
2020-11-21 09:18Kirstenhof Wetland5
2020-11-13 08:06Zandvlei Bird Sanctuary3
2020-11-26 12:17Rondevlei Nature Reserve1
2020-11-10 12:45Tygerberg Nature Reserve1
2020-11-11 06:20Strandfontein WTP2
2020-10-30 06:12Upington--Sun River Kalahari Lodge
2020-11-09 09:45Paarl Mountain--Meulwater Wildflower Garden8
2020-10-31 07:22Stellenboschberg--Lower Trail7
2020-11-21 12:57Lourens River Mouth
2020-11-21 11:12Dick Dent Bird Sanctuary1
2020-11-03 07:22Franschhoek1
2020-11-02 09:22Rooisand Nature Reserve3
2020-11-14 07:24Platbos Forest5
2020-10-31 08:03Mabamba Swamp10
2020-10-30 14:59Nkima Forest Lodge9
2020-11-15 09:24Entebbe Botanical Garden4
2020-11-09 09:01Uganda Wildlife Education Centre3
2020-11-12 08:17Makerere University campus2
2020-11-08 08:39Lutembe Bay Ramsar Site3
2020-11-14 12:15Lutembe Beach and Wetlands2
2020-10-29 15:48Nsobe Camp1
2020-11-14 10:15De Mond Nature Reserve1
2020-10-30 06:30De Hoop Nature Reserve6
2020-10-30 11:48Royal Zambezi Lodge2
2020-11-24 14:24Pian Upe Wildlife Reserve--Mbale-Moroto Rd1
2020-11-13 07:58Ruma NP (public access section, incl. Northwest Gate)2
2020-10-31 17:41Nyakweri Hills1
2020-11-14 06:30Kakamega Forest NR--Rondo Retreat Lodge
2020-11-19 15:00Wilderness NP--Ebb & Flow Rest Camp3
2020-11-21 05:49Angama Lodge (Ol Kurruk)2
2020-11-21 08:00Maasai Mara NR--Mara Triangle4
2020-11-15 07:34Pilanesberg NP--Mankwe Dam1
2020-11-16 05:35Pilanesberg NP--Kwa Maritane1
2020-11-15 05:31Pilanesberg NP--Kwa Maritane Game Drive1
2020-11-21 09:26Marakele NP
2020-11-21 10:00Bitou River Valley1
2020-11-21 07:00Piesang Valley and Estuary1
2020-11-19 06:53Roodekopjes Dam Nature Reserve20
2020-11-06 13:16Welgevonden Game Reserve4
2020-11-22 06:06Breedtsnek Pass1
2020-11-21 15:52Mabula Game Lodge4
2020-11-08 07:30Lake Nakuru NP5
2020-11-08 06:16Lake Nakuru NP--Lion Hill Lodge5
2020-11-17 14:03Harare--Monavale Vlei1
2020-11-07 16:06Lake Elementaita--Serena Camp (formerly Delamere Camp)1
2020-11-27 09:54Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden6
2020-11-15 05:40Harare--Mukuvisi Woodlands2
2020-11-19 06:10Eagle Canyon Golf Estate1
2020-11-15 07:58Kingono Game Ranch1
2020-11-24 17:20Darrenwood Dam4
2020-11-07 06:15Kwalata Lodge1
2020-11-07 07:40Bishop Bird Park
2020-11-03 16:59University of Pretoria--Main Campus1
2020-11-15 06:05Candlewoods Wetland
2020-11-25 07:42Rietvlei Nature Reserve
2020-11-26 06:37Norkem Park5
2020-11-15 05:40Thokoza Wetland3
2020-11-01 10:33Ndeiya Crags1
2020-10-31 13:17Hippo Pools Wilderness Camp6
2020-11-08 14:46Addis Ababa -- Zoma Museum4
2020-11-15 06:49Mkhombo Nature Reserve
2020-11-24 12:26Marievale Bird Sanctuary2
2020-11-08 08:30Nairobi NP--Nagolomon Dam6
2020-11-24 11:43Marievale Bird Sanctuary--Hadeda Hide8
2020-11-05 07:04Namunyak WTC--Sarara Camp2
2020-11-07 12:05Nairobi NP1
2020-11-19 08:36Thika Wastewater Treatment Plant2
2020-11-08 10:30Lewa Wildlife Conservancy5
2020-11-01 06:26Mt. Kenya NP--Castle Forest and Lodge3
2020-11-21 16:30Magongo Hills25
2020-11-20 09:32Amboseli NP4
2020-11-22 05:38Kruger NP--Mahonie Loop/S991
2020-11-06 15:07Outward Bound School and surrounds1
2020-11-06 07:32Dullstroom1
2020-11-11 07:59Mandegee farm1
2020-11-18 15:52Ohrigstad Dam
2020-11-17 07:21Vaalhoek Road
2020-11-19 09:27Long Tom Pass
2020-10-30 13:34Kruger NP--Mopani Camp1
2020-11-17 06:07Mac Mac Pools
2020-11-17 17:35Tsavo West NP--Ngulia Lodge
2020-11-13 13:35Wakkerstroom Wetland Reserve3
2020-11-14 06:44Nelspruit--Mataffin4
2020-11-20 15:05Tsavo West NP (general)1
2020-10-31 12:38Kruger NP--Matambeni Bird Hide1
2020-11-19 17:05Hazyview--Kruger Park Lodge1
2020-11-27 11:15Nelspruit Nature Reserve1
2020-11-14 14:26Dirkiesdorp Plain3
2020-11-14 06:28Groenvlei2
2020-11-04 06:42Lion Sands Game Reserve3
2020-11-23 14:45Himeville (town)1
2020-11-07 06:00Sagala Lodge/Ndara Ranch2
2020-11-24 06:49Umzimkulu River Lodge2
2020-11-24 18:53Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary
2020-11-06 04:30Kruger NP--Lower Sabie Rest Camp2
2020-10-29 13:20Midmar Dam - North Shore (Main Gate)6
2020-11-27 05:30Sand River Reservoir2
2020-11-05 07:16Mondi Forests6
2020-10-29 17:11Doreen Clark NR1
2020-11-22 05:11Ixopo--Kings Grant Country Retreat3
2020-11-18 11:46Shimba Hills NR--Shimba Hills Lodge3
2020-11-20 08:56Arabuko-Sokoke Forest
2020-11-22 07:19Mida Creek
2020-11-16 05:01Macaneta-- Wetland, dune forests and coast13
2020-11-15 05:24Mount Moreland IBA1
2020-11-06 13:41Durban Botanical Gardens
2020-11-26 06:49Sabaki River Estuary
2020-11-01 11:30Umgeni River Mouth
2020-11-14 10:41Ngezi Forest4
2020-11-06 12:45Durban - Bayhead3
2020-11-15 15:05Umhlanga Lagoon NR1
2020-11-08 04:59KwaDukuza - Sappi Stanger hide1
2020-11-21 07:00Jozani Chwaka Bay NP
2020-11-01 06:31Mkhuze GR - KuMahalala Hide2
2020-11-03 07:16Mkhuze GR (please be more specific)5
2020-11-15 16:00Maputo Elephant Game Reserve3
2020-11-02 16:22Mtunzini (general area)
2020-11-02 08:22Mkhuze GR - Nsumo Pan2
2020-11-12 09:00Phinda GR
2020-10-30 05:11Phinda GR - Sand Forest
2020-10-31 05:19Bonamanzi GR1
2020-11-08 07:30Mpempe Pan1
2020-10-31 07:30St Lucia - iMfolozi River mouth
2020-11-14 18:25Morrungulo4
2020-11-23 15:12Dunes de Dovela4
2020-11-02 16:02Lago Muangue35
2020-11-04 06:16Lagoa Nhassive25