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
2021-07-08 06:00Mole NP--Mole Hotel & waterhole1
2021-07-11 06:25Garden Tuba Junction1
2021-07-08 05:44Achimota Forest and Accra Zoo20
2021-07-26 06:41Amurum Forest Reserve (APLORI)1
2021-07-06 07:00Afi Mountain Wildlife Sanctuary2
2021-07-26 05:40Lac Petpenoun
2021-07-20 08:55Liuwa Plain NP
2021-07-09 07:40Semuliki NP4
2021-07-12 15:00Mikeno Lodge and trail system, Virunga National Park
2021-07-10 14:05Queen Elizabeth II NP--Ishasha sector2
2021-07-01 07:15Queen Elizabeth II NP--Mweya1
2021-07-28 07:47Haven Lodge Buhoma Community1
2021-07-11 09:53Bwindi-Impenetrable Forest NP--Entrance Road1
2021-07-10 10:45Queen Elizabeth II NP--Maramagambo Forest1
2021-06-30 15:46Queen Elizabeth II NP--Kazinga Channel Boat Trip1
2021-06-30 07:01Queen Elizabeth II NP--Northern Sector2
2021-07-06 16:30Fort Portal wetlands2
2021-07-12 07:30Volcanoes NP
2021-07-11 08:00Queen Elizabeth II NP
2021-07-12 12:00Mountain Gorilla View Lodge
2021-07-14 08:08Ruhija to 'The Neck'2
2021-07-21 07:40Mgahinga NP1
2021-07-22 14:32Chimpanzee Guesthouse2
2021-07-12 10:11Bwindi-Impenetrable NP--Ruhija Community Rest Camp1
2021-07-15 08:00Bwindi-Impenetrable NP--Ruhija
2021-07-09 08:01Kyambura Gorge4
2021-07-25 07:42Bwabwata National Park--Buffalo Core Area10
2021-07-12 08:00Lake Kamweru
2021-07-06 07:00Kibale Forest NP6
2021-07-26 07:22Bigodi Swamp2
2021-07-28 06:53Bigodi Community Walk2
2021-07-15 08:24Nyarutarama Lake and Golf Course2
2021-07-03 08:00Murchison Falls NP--Murchison Falls vicinity
2021-07-02 08:43Kamatana Dam4
2021-07-07 16:10Kyibega Pond and Wetland1
2021-07-13 07:34Gashora Swamp2
2021-07-16 08:58Lake Mburo NP--Boat Ride6
2021-07-08 16:06Lake Mburo NP--Nyarutegura River Mouth2
2021-07-17 09:00Lake Mburo NP--Entrance Road3
2021-07-20 06:20Rwakobo Rock Lodge3
2021-07-17 08:00Lake Mburo NP
2021-07-29 07:26Akagera NP--Visitor Centre1
2021-07-19 15:39Kampala-Masindi Rd.--Kibangya1
2021-07-09 11:16Bukoto Marsh5
2021-06-30 08:17Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary3
2021-07-09 08:09Mabamba Swamp1
2021-07-18 06:57Banga Beach1
2021-07-19 07:01Boma Guesthouse1
2021-07-27 11:45Entebbe Botanical Garden6
2021-07-16 08:00Kidepo Valley NP--Karenga Gate to Apoka2
2021-07-14 08:00Kidepo Valley NP (Please use more specific location if possible)2
2021-07-04 10:53Lutembe Bay Ramsar Site5
2021-07-23 17:47Musekese Camp1
2021-07-09 15:19Moremi Game Reserve--South Gate
2021-07-20 06:36Mushingashi Conservancy
2021-06-30 07:17Zambesi river cruise (ZW side)5
2021-07-10 07:08Gwassi Hills (Gwassi Hills Forest Reserve)1
2021-07-20 07:12Frangilla Lodge
2021-07-11 07:00Nyamware Rice Field2
2021-07-12 16:17Chamba Valley6
2021-07-06 07:30Singita Sabora Tented Camp3
2021-07-04 08:00Singita Sasakwa Lodge2
2021-07-16 11:23Serengeti NP--Lamai Triangle3
2021-07-26 15:01Maasai Mara NR--Governor's Camp2
2021-07-25 23:04Maasai Mara NR--Mara Serena Lodge12
2021-07-07 08:00Kabarnet (general)2
2021-06-30 06:30Maasai Mara NR* general (please use more precise location)
2021-07-22 08:50Arba Minch--Paradise Lodge15
2021-07-23 06:35Kiambi Lodge1
2021-07-21 16:20Kanyemba Island (Zambezi River/Kafue River Confluence)1
2021-07-25 07:59St Andrews Turi, KE (-0.279, 35.764)2
2021-07-25 13:15Serengeti NP--Klein's Camp2
2021-07-25 08:48Addis Ababa--Ghion Hotel1
2021-07-19 07:17Lake Nakuru NP--Lion Hill Lodge
2021-07-20 15:20Abidjatta-Shalla NP5
2021-07-22 17:00Lake Ziway--southwestern shore15
2021-07-07 10:33Lake Elementaita--Serena Camp (formerly Delamere Camp)4
2021-07-20 07:03Wondo Genet5
2021-07-11 14:58Green Point Park1
2021-07-21 07:35Yabello area15
2021-07-13 09:00Lake Naivasha--Camp Carnelley's and Fisherman's Camp2
2021-07-17 15:00Die Oog Bird Sanctuary2
2021-07-25 15:21Kirstenhof Wetland11
2021-07-19 12:37Majik Forest2
2021-07-29 12:29Lake Naivasha Resort1
2021-07-07 16:32Boulders Beach1
2021-07-19 06:34Mpala Research Centre--Labs1
2021-07-19 07:00Gibbs Farm4
2021-07-24 16:30Ataye Wetlands5
2021-07-25 08:29Macassar Sewage Works5
2021-07-08 16:42Upper Kijabe1
2021-07-18 09:11Stellenboschberg--Lower Trail10
2021-07-26 16:30Shewa Robit area5
2021-07-11 08:05Strand--Lourens River2
2021-07-28 08:31Dick Dent Bird Sanctuary7
2021-07-17 09:42Lake Manyara--Serena Lodge1
2021-07-02 07:00Lake Manyara NP (Arusha)
2021-07-06 10:23Kimuka area, Rift Valley2
2021-07-20 09:30Oloi Oshobor2
2021-07-18 08:08Nandi & Miotoni Roads1
2021-07-02 07:05Hotel Troy Nairobi6
2021-07-04 07:09Borana Conservancy--Borana Wildlife Lodge2
2021-07-01 06:30Kfeet, Wetlands & Lily Lake, Karura Forest2
2021-07-28 08:19Nairobi River @ National Museums of Kenya (incl. Boulevard Hotel)1
2021-07-16 16:00Wajee Camp and Mukurweini area2
2021-07-25 06:30Nairobi NP2
2021-07-08 06:15Samburu NR2
2021-07-09 12:12Buffalo Springs NR--Buffalo Springs Lodge1
2021-07-04 07:19Mt. Kenya NP--Castle Forest and Lodge2
2021-07-09 08:17Mogobane Reservoir3
2021-07-22 09:31Mwea Rice Fields6
2021-07-07 13:30Hillside Dams1
2021-07-23 09:08Meserani Snake Park1
2021-07-18 08:00Magongo Hills15
2021-07-09 08:47Engikaret Lark Plains--Acacia Scrub to South1
2021-07-04 16:55Ruaha River Lodge4
2021-07-09 07:36Mt Meru Forest Reserve9
2021-07-17 08:26Burka Coffee Estate1
2021-07-02 14:00Negele area west
2021-07-09 09:18Ahadi Lodge2
2021-07-11 08:16Mt. Meru Hotel1
2021-07-03 10:00Liben Plains--south
2021-07-16 08:55Ngare Sero Mountain Lodge1
2021-07-04 07:42Danish Forest1
2021-07-10 06:45Tungamalenga (village)1
2021-07-12 10:30Amboseli NP
2021-07-05 08:31Airport Planet Lodge2
2021-07-24 07:08AA Amboseli lodge2
2021-07-08 15:44Mandegee farm1
2021-07-24 06:54Cleveland Dam/Haka Game Park3
2021-07-05 11:42Marataba Lodge1
2021-07-27 10:13Ewanrigg NP1
2021-07-27 13:37Lapalala Game Reserve
2021-07-11 15:57Gosho Park
2021-07-25 09:59Dikhololo Game Reserve2
2021-07-10 10:20Hekpoort vicinity4
2021-07-08 15:56Kilombero Swamp1
2021-07-11 07:05Bela-Bela12
2021-07-09 07:50Twiga Hotel7
2021-07-09 15:54Mikumi NP3
2021-07-09 16:00Sagala Lodge/Ndara Ranch
2021-07-16 15:07Radium3
2021-07-19 08:45Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden3
2021-07-10 11:13Diepsloot Nature Reserve20
2021-07-09 09:20Wilderness NP2
2021-07-04 11:42Kloofendal Municipal Nature Reserve
2021-07-19 06:55Eagle Canyon Golf Estate1
2021-07-09 16:21The Lakes Park11
2021-07-17 14:24Dainfern6
2021-07-29 08:28Golden Harvest Park1
2021-07-04 08:54Loerie Park2
2021-07-25 15:34Norscot Koppies Kingfisher Nature Reserve
2021-07-25 08:20Jukskei River2
2021-07-03 08:16Northcliff Ridge Eco Park2
2021-07-04 07:23President Ridge Bird Sanctuary2
2021-07-25 09:53Darrenwood Dam7
2021-07-07 08:24Uluguru Mountains--Lupanga Peak Trail1
2021-07-16 10:40Austin Roberts Bird Sanctuary4
2021-07-11 07:30Glen Austin Bird Sanctuary3
2021-07-11 10:57Moreleta Kloof Nature Reserve3
2021-07-11 07:30Eikenhof200
2021-07-25 07:38Meyer's Farm
2021-07-18 09:00Polokwane GR3
2021-07-15 08:06Kempton Park1
2021-07-24 06:49OR Tambo International Airport1
2021-07-24 07:13East Usambara Mountains--Amani Nature Reserve1
2021-07-25 07:30Thokoza Wetland8
2021-07-04 07:18Detweedespruit Conservancy1
2021-07-09 14:05Knysna--Belvidere Estate1
2021-07-25 14:28Knysna--Belvidere Estate-Knysna footpath1
2021-07-10 12:14Bullfrog Dam1
2021-07-21 08:07Korsman Bird Sanctuary
2021-07-04 10:09Detweedespruit--Eastern side2
2021-07-17 07:30Elandsvlei Wetland2
2021-07-11 12:34Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve3
2021-07-18 13:51Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve--northeast corner8
2021-07-11 06:46Wilge River Valley (upper)1
2021-07-20 14:41Marievale Bird Sanctuary3
2021-07-11 09:51Qodesh Campground1
2021-07-09 07:20Kruger NP--Banyini Pan (ltd access)
2021-07-25 06:37Loskop Dam Nature Reserve3
2021-07-24 10:35Nguuni Nature Sanctuary4
2021-07-11 07:16Kruger NP--Bridge over Luvuvhu River
2021-07-27 08:21Gonarezhou NP--Chipinda Pools1
2021-07-12 07:46Kruger NP--Crooks Corner
2021-07-19 08:30Leeupan (Mpumalanga Province)4
2021-07-23 12:37Pemba Paradise Resort1
2021-07-23 08:52Msuka Beach1
2021-07-03 11:00Secunda
2021-07-19 07:05Medirerraneo Hotel2
2021-07-03 07:40Sterkspruit Road8
2021-07-17 06:51Nelspruit--Mataffin4
2021-07-14 13:37Dulini Private Game Reserve
2021-07-24 07:57Nelspruit Nature Reserve2
2021-07-24 07:14Steiltes Nature Reserve
2021-07-26 07:21Kruger NP--S31
2021-07-17 07:19Lion Sands Game Reserve3
2021-07-04 06:35Kruger NP--Berg-en-Dal Camp1
2021-07-11 15:22Hogsback Inn5
2021-07-24 13:46Maloti-Drakensberg Park--Giant's Castle2
2021-07-01 08:26Nahoon Estuary Nature Reserve1
2021-07-19 16:37Cedara Agricultural College Conservancy8
2021-07-29 07:47Hilton--Gwen's Spruit Dam2
2021-07-16 08:17Hilton--Hilton Gardens8
2021-07-16 15:57Hilton--Doreen Clark NR4
2021-07-23 12:20Pietermaritzburg--Wylie Park3
2021-07-20 16:17Maputo--Botanic Gardens, Universidade Eduardo Mondlane3
2021-07-24 09:06Pietermaritzburg--Bisley Valley NR2
2021-07-03 14:50Pietermaritzburg--Darvill Resources Park8
2021-06-30 15:40Eshowe--Dlinza Forest3
2021-07-11 15:58Westville Eco Trails7
2021-07-19 06:02Phinda GR
2021-06-30 14:01Ngoye FR1
2021-07-05 09:50Nibela Floodplains10
2021-06-30 10:46Umlalazi NR7
2021-07-02 06:50St Lucia--iGwalagwala Trail1
2021-07-01 14:03St Lucia--iMfolozi River mouth1