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
2021-05-08 07:30Salagi Forest park3
2021-05-08 08:20Gunjur10
2021-05-08 07:30Kartong Wetland6
2021-04-29 06:30Manso Domeabra1
2021-04-24 07:43Busua (Village)
2021-05-08 07:26Fosu Lagoon11
2021-05-15 08:00Liberty Dam2
2021-05-01 13:00Parc de la Vallee de la N'Sele4
2021-05-15 06:29Kaisosi River Lodge30
2021-05-17 16:30Shankara Rest Camp
2021-04-18 08:00Gisenyi
2021-05-08 11:10Cyamudongo Forest1
2021-04-19 14:30Gisakura Guest House
2021-04-20 12:40Queen Elizabeth II NP--Channel Track3
2021-05-15 07:00Queen Elizabeth II NP50
2021-04-21 10:39Queen Elizabeth II NP--Kasenyi Track2
2021-05-15 16:00Queen Elizabeth Bush Lodge5
2021-04-28 15:39Ngepi Camp Lodge4
2021-05-08 07:07Lake Karago2
2021-05-08 08:30Volcanoes NP--Headquarters1
2021-05-08 07:12Lake Bihinga1
2021-05-08 07:42Kibale NP--Makerere U. Biol. Field Station (Kanyawara) (restricted access)1
2021-05-08 06:30Ruhengeri--general area
2021-05-08 07:13Kibale Forest NP2
2021-05-10 07:00Bigodi Swamp1
2021-04-19 08:35Bigodi Community Walk2
2021-05-02 06:17Fort Murchison Nature Lodge8
2021-05-01 06:39Murchison Falls NP--Paraa Safari Lodge to Tangi Gate1
2021-05-12 10:28Fazenda Sengha1
2021-05-08 06:47Nyarutarama Lake and Golf Course2
2021-04-18 08:35Kamatana Dam1
2021-05-08 08:02UMUSAMBI VILLAGE - Wetlands and Grey Crowned Crane rehabilitation8
2021-05-16 07:04Namushasha Lodge & Campground2
2021-05-02 10:50Kabalega Diner1
2021-05-01 12:28Camp Kwando2
2021-04-24 08:00Ddundu2
2021-05-17 05:58Caprivi Houseboat Lodge2
2021-05-08 17:38Mabamba Swamp3
2021-04-27 07:41Kidepo Valley NP--Narus River1
2021-05-15 12:45Entebbe Botanical Garden15
2021-05-14 07:49Uganda Wildlife Education Centre1
2021-04-28 15:32Kidepo Valley NP--Karenga Gate to Apoka1
2021-05-08 09:13Lutembe Bay Ramsar Site5
2021-05-08 10:37Lutembe Beach and Wetlands2
2021-05-09 12:17Kaingu Safari Lodge1
2021-05-09 10:19Kafue NP--McBrides Camp1
2021-05-02 08:30Mabira Forest--Local Community Reserve1
2021-05-01 16:30Mabira Forest--Rain Forest Lodge1
2021-05-09 12:10Kasane--Chobe River2
2021-05-08 14:29Kgalagadi TFCA--Nossob Camp2
2021-05-08 09:29Kgalagadi TFCA (South Africa portion - be more specific)2
2021-05-08 04:58andBeyond Matetsi River Lodge4
2021-05-08 06:55Livingstone Treatment Works2
2021-05-08 09:00Mt Moroto Foothills3
2021-05-08 06:40Victoria Falls Sewerage Ponds
2021-05-01 07:10Zambezi River near Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe side)
2021-05-16 08:01Victoria Falls Rain Forest1
2021-05-07 08:00Moroto to Tapac Track2
2021-05-07 14:32Ndola-Mufulira Road1
2021-05-04 12:00Pian Upe Wildlife Reserve--Mbale-Moroto Rd1
2021-05-08 07:28Yala Swamp and Lake Kanyaboli (general)2
2021-05-08 06:24Blue Lagoon NP1
2021-05-09 07:50Lochinvar NP5
2021-05-08 06:05Nsobe Camp1
2021-05-08 20:26Upper Yala1
2021-05-03 06:54Ruma River Lodge2
2021-05-14 15:30Paga beach6
2021-05-08 09:51Lake Simbi1
2021-05-08 10:02Kakamega Forest NR--Zimmerman Plot/Isecheno Forest Station1
2021-05-08 14:24Kakamega Forest NR--Rondo Retreat Lodge1
2021-05-01 06:36Kakamega Forest NR--Ikuywa River2
2021-05-08 07:34Kalimba Reptile Park4
2021-05-08 07:28South Nandi Forest IBA2
2021-04-25 12:07Chitimbula Dam (Private Property - Permission Required)
2021-04-18 08:59Lazy J Ranch (Restricted Access - Permit Required)6
2021-05-09 11:02Maasai Mara NR--Mara Triangle
2021-05-02 06:15Serengeti NP--Seronera1
2021-05-13 10:48West Coast NP
2021-05-08 11:21West Coast NP--Geelbek hides vicinity5
2021-05-15 07:26Menagesha Forest1
2021-05-03 07:10St Andrews Turi, KE (-0.279, 35.764)3
2021-05-08 09:23West Coast NP--West Coast Gate2
2021-05-08 06:00Royal Zambezi Lodge4
2021-05-08 15:59Addis Ababa -- Zoma Museum2
2021-05-10 07:19Ol Ari Nyiro Conservancy--Mukutan Retreat (Restricted access)5
2021-04-19 07:20Darling Hills/Groote Post Road2
2021-04-25 06:29Lake Nakuru NP--Lion Hill Lodge4
2021-05-10 14:20Narok (general)2
2021-05-08 10:30Lake Nakuru NP--Lake Nakuru Lodge
2021-05-14 15:20Lake Ziway--southwestern shore4
2021-05-12 16:58Lake Cheleleka--NW viewpoint1
2021-05-08 06:21Mutinondo Wilderness1
2021-05-08 06:38Soysambu Conservency
2021-05-08 10:51Lake Elementaita--Serena Camp (formerly Delamere Camp)1
2021-05-14 13:00Hara Langano Lodge5
2021-05-14 09:55Bishangari Lodge15
2021-05-16 11:00Newlands Forest2
2021-05-08 08:11Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden
2021-05-09 16:17Intaka Island10
2021-05-08 00:17Malewa River Lodge1
2021-04-18 09:17Wildevoelvlei
2021-04-25 10:21Tokai Forest--Orphan Rd2
2021-05-08 07:25Lake Naivasha--Camp Carnelley's and Fisherman's Camp1
2021-05-17 07:40Kirstenhof Wetland1
2021-04-28 10:21Kilimandege House and Sanctuary1
2021-05-08 09:15Rondevlei Nature Reserve1
2021-04-26 09:44Lake Naivasha--Crescent Camp2
2021-05-08 06:42KWS Hippo Camp, Lake Naivasha1
2021-05-14 15:32Table Mountain NP--Cape Point Section1
2021-05-12 06:19Segera Retreat (Restricted access)1
2021-05-08 10:08Aberdare NP1
2021-04-25 08:46Ol Pejeta Conservancy2
2021-04-24 09:52Ataye Wetlands1
2021-05-09 08:24Stellenboschberg--Lower Trail2
2021-04-18 07:56Paardevlei3
2021-04-29 16:39Shewa Robit area2
2021-05-08 14:59Dick Dent Bird Sanctuary3
2021-05-01 11:00Helderberg Nature Reserve2
2021-05-04 16:30KEFRI Lands, Kikuyu2
2021-05-08 16:12Nanyuki (general)1
2021-04-24 07:58Nyeri (general)
2021-05-08 05:31South Luangwa NP--Mfuwe Lodge
2021-05-13 10:13Ololua Ridge/Forest Line Rd.2
2021-05-08 11:52Ngong Forest Sanctuary (west section)
2021-05-17 18:14U of N Kabete Campus & Field Station (incl. Loresho Swamp)2
2021-05-08 11:31Betty's Bay--Grootwitvlei2
2021-05-02 08:03Betty's Bay (general area)1
2021-05-08 11:21Borana Conservancy2
2021-05-09 11:13Ngong Forest Sanctuary1
2021-04-23 15:25Runda Marsh3
2021-05-16 06:00Kfeet, Wetlands & Lily Lake, Karura Forest1
2021-05-08 07:39Nairobi River @ National Museums of Kenya (incl. Boulevard Hotel)1
2021-05-08 06:15Urban Nairobi (general)
2021-05-08 08:16Nairobi NP--Nagolomon Dam1
2021-05-07 08:01Ngare Ndare Forest30
2021-05-14 09:09Nairobi NP5
2021-05-08 16:27Lewa Wildlife Conservancy1
2021-05-08 13:55Gitathura Dam, Thika2
2021-05-08 09:16Swartrivier Road2
2021-05-08 07:05Dandora WTP, Ruai3
2021-05-08 06:36Thika Wastewater Treatment Plant2
2021-05-08 06:43Caledon Botanical Gardens6
2021-05-08 11:31Hillside Dams2
2021-05-08 07:47Monduli Forest Reserve1
2021-05-13 08:00Magongo Hills5
2021-05-08 08:22Engikaret Lark Plains1
2021-04-18 09:00Engikaret Lark Plains--Acacia Scrub to South8
2021-05-13 14:50Arusha Airport3
2021-05-08 11:42Masinga Dam1
2021-05-09 10:47Mwea NR2
2021-05-08 08:02Arusha NP5
2021-05-08 07:24Lake Duluti2
2021-05-08 07:50Danish Forest1
2021-05-08 06:08Ruaha NP--Lunda1
2021-05-08 14:40Clifton Dam
2021-05-08 10:07Lake Chivero NP1
2021-05-12 08:05Outward Bound School and surrounds1
2021-05-16 08:07Mandegee farm1
2021-05-08 06:52Greystone Nature Preserve2
2021-05-14 16:32Harare--Mukuvisi Woodlands3
2021-04-28 05:56Pilanesberg NP (please be more specific)2
2021-04-25 16:59Pilanesberg NP--Pilanesberg Center2
2021-05-16 07:37Pilanesberg NP--Bakabung1
2021-05-02 07:00Vermaaklikheid
2021-05-15 11:00Tsavo West NP--southern section3
2021-05-08 06:59Mosonthal-Marubitshi--taxi stop6
2021-05-08 08:27Dzalanyama Forest Reserve1
2021-04-27 07:36Borakalalo NP4
2021-05-15 08:12Blouberg Nature Reserve1
2021-05-08 07:50Kgomo-Kgomo4
2021-04-26 15:56Bela-Bela20
2021-05-13 09:45Sagala Lodge/Ndara Ranch
2021-05-06 09:00Tsavo East NP--southern section
2021-05-16 06:54Zaagkuildrift Rd (Please be more specific; Do not log Kgomo-Kgomo birds here.)
2021-05-01 10:15Sondela Nature Reserve2
2021-04-25 06:36Zaagkuildrift--Roets' Farm1
2021-05-07 07:02Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden4
2021-05-09 11:04Diepsloot Nature Reserve2
2021-05-08 06:24Kwalata Lodge4
2021-05-01 07:05Kloofendal Municipal Nature Reserve1
2021-05-17 06:45Eagle Canyon Golf Estate2
2021-05-08 07:27Woodville Big Tree1
2021-05-06 10:48Golden Harvest Park2
2021-05-14 06:45Northcliff Ridge Eco Park1
2021-05-04 06:15President Ridge Bird Sanctuary1
2021-05-14 08:58President Ridge Bird Sanctuary3
2021-05-08 14:36Bishop Bird Park2
2021-05-15 11:03Delta Park1
2021-05-08 16:10Jan Cilliers Park10
2021-05-06 16:18Johannesburg Botanical Gardens1
2021-05-02 11:29Pretoria National Botanical Garden8
2021-05-01 09:17Roodeplaat Dam Nature Reserve10
2021-05-16 11:50Glen Austin Bird Sanctuary1
2021-05-08 06:30Naturena2
2021-05-08 04:52Tsavo East NP--Sala Gate1
2021-05-16 06:55Klipriviersberg Nature Reserve1
2021-04-22 10:56Rietvlei Nature Reserve--Island View8
2021-05-08 06:36Rietvlei Nature Reserve6
2021-04-27 07:21Rietvlei Nature Reserve--Otter Bridge2
2021-05-08 10:30Eikenhof1
2021-05-08 06:20Polokwane GR13
2021-05-08 13:30Brackendowns2
2021-05-16 12:09Kempton Park1
2021-05-08 06:19Nyanga NP1
2021-04-18 07:05Mabusa Nature Reserve1
2021-05-08 06:58Marievale Bird Sanctuary--Shelduck Hide2
2021-04-25 09:36Wilge River Valley (upper)2
2021-05-08 18:21Katiyo Tea Estate6
2021-05-09 10:45Marievale Bird Sanctuary80
2021-04-25 10:04Qodesh Campground1
2021-05-08 06:30Shimba Hills NR2
2021-05-15 06:04Kruger NP--Banyini Pan (ltd access)6
2021-05-15 07:25Kruger NP--Makwadzi (ltd access)
2021-05-01 06:21Devon Grasslands IBA (Gauteng Province)1
2021-05-15 15:58Kruger NP--Sandpit (Limited Access)
2021-05-08 15:46Arabuko-Sokoke Forest1
2021-05-16 06:02Loskop Dam Nature Reserve6
2021-05-14 14:30Kruger NP--Lanner Gorge (ltd access)1
2021-05-08 16:36Nguuni Nature Sanctuary1
2021-04-23 07:41Bankplaas Road2
2021-05-08 06:26Haller Park--Bamburi Nature Trail1
2021-05-08 18:05Mida Creek1
2021-05-13 06:06Arabuko-Sokoke NP--Kenya Forest Service5
2021-05-08 06:00Kruger NP--Pafuri Picnic Site
2021-04-22 21:08Majete Game Reserve1
2021-05-14 06:07Kruger NP--Reedbuckvlei (restricted access)10
2021-05-04 14:39Gonarezhou NP--Chipinda Pools3
2021-04-23 07:30Leeupan (Mpumalanga Province)4
2021-04-30 15:29Liwonde National Park
2021-05-08 17:30Ambassador Hotel1
2021-04-27 16:25Kruger NP--Shimuwini Bushveld Camp3
2021-04-28 11:53Kruger NP--Shongololo Loop @ Tsendze River2
2021-05-08 09:14Nooitgedacht Dam2
2021-05-08 15:50Cape St Frances2
2021-04-24 15:08Kaapsehoop, Dandelion Cottage1
2021-04-26 08:48Harrismith6
2021-04-29 14:35Kruger NP--Olifants Camp1
2021-05-08 08:15Seekoeivlei Nature Reserve1
2021-05-08 05:26Memel
2021-04-30 07:50Lowveld National Botanical Gardens1
2021-04-26 07:06Nelspruit--Friedenheim Area2
2021-05-17 13:16Nelspruit Nature Reserve1
2021-04-24 06:55Steiltes Nature Reserve
2021-04-24 08:43Port Elizabeth--Settlers Park5
2021-05-06 13:45Wakkerstroom bridge/causeway1
2021-05-08 06:37Newcastle Amur Falcon Roost3
2021-05-08 06:30Kruger NP--Berg-en-Dal Camp
2021-05-17 14:07Nduma--Grasslands/Wetlands5
2021-05-17 06:05Silverstone Falls1
2021-04-26 07:03R600--Winterton to Champagne Castle40
2021-05-02 15:57Kruger NP--Lower Sabie to Crocodile Bridge (Gomodwane Rd, H4-2)1
2021-05-08 08:55Weenen NR1
2021-05-08 06:21Vryheid Mountain NR1
2021-05-08 07:48Klipfontein Bird Sanctuary2
2021-05-08 12:00Karkloof--Conservancy5
2021-05-08 13:49Midmar Dam--South Shore (Thurlow Gate)4
2021-05-08 08:14Karkloof--Lower Rd8
2021-05-08 11:14Karkloof--Benvie Farm2
2021-05-08 15:47Cedara Agricultural College Conservancy6
2021-05-12 11:22Hilton--Doreen Clark NR1
2021-05-08 10:19Albert Falls NR6
2021-05-08 06:23Macaneta-- Wetland, dune forests and coast
2021-05-08 13:31Pietermaritzburg--Bisley Valley NR4
2021-05-08 12:08Pietermaritzburg--Darvill Resources Park3
2021-04-27 05:53Bazaruto NP--Bazaruto Island3
2021-04-28 15:36Casa Babi5
2021-05-10 08:45Mkhuze GR--kwaMalibala Hide1
2021-05-08 07:00Pennington--Umdoni Park1
2021-04-29 06:00Phinda GR
2021-05-08 15:33Umlalazi NR1
2021-05-08Lagoa Nhassive
2021-05-15 16:00Dunes de Dovela4