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
2021-03-03 23:31Lamin (Town)
2021-02-22 09:30Manso Domeabra1
2021-02-06 15:45Ebi Mangrove2
2021-02-14 06:57Bobiri Butterfly Sanctuary3
2021-03-02 06:30Nsuta Forest1
2021-02-04 06:43Antwikwaa--forest edge & farm scrub3
2021-02-09 06:41Abrafo-Gyaware road1
2021-02-08 16:08Brenu Beach--grasslands4
2021-02-15 06:24Atewa Range--upland forest & ridge4
2021-02-16 06:41Atewa--farm scrub and degraded forest6
2021-02-16 07:53Sagyimase ("Atewa Range farm scrub")--mining concession2
2021-02-18 16:30Djamdé Reserve de Faune1
2021-02-06 06:30Achimota Forest2
2021-02-07 10:00Plage d'Akouango
2021-02-21 08:17Forêt du Zoo de Brazzaville
2021-02-18 10:30Queen Elizabeth II NP--Ishasha sector 220
2021-02-20 08:00Queen Elizabeth Bush Lodge5
2021-02-20 11:26Ndali Lodge1
2021-02-07 07:54Amajambere Iwacu Community Camp4
2021-02-14 09:35Top of the World Trail2
2021-02-17 06:35Rangiro Road1
2021-02-12 04:00Mgahinga NP3
2021-02-19 07:15Queen Elizabeth II NP--Lake Bunyampaka20
2021-02-20 16:30Chimpanzee Guesthouse5
2021-02-24 09:05Kibale Forest NP--North end2
2021-02-13 17:30Ruhengeri--general area2
2021-02-26 08:13Kibale Forest NP--Primate Lodge1
2021-03-03 08:34Kibale Forest NP2
2021-02-26 08:30Kibale Guest Cottages1
2021-02-23 08:03Bigodi Swamp1
2021-03-04 17:14Bigodi Community Walk9
2021-02-24 08:06Kibale Forest Camp2
2021-02-13 10:00Echuya Forest Reserve1
2021-02-27 18:00Murchison Falls NP--Northern Gate area3
2021-02-20 07:49Nyabarongo River @ RN15
2021-02-25 09:00Budongo Forest Reserve--Royal Mile2
2021-02-26 10:30Murchison Falls NP--Woodland savannah1
2021-02-09 16:00Lake Mburo NP--Entrance Road4
2021-02-21 09:01Akagera Np -- Mohana Plain and Lake Rwanyakazinga Picnic Site1
2021-03-01 07:11Lake Mburo NP1
2021-02-24 05:29Okavango Delta--Mombo/Little Mombo Camp1
2021-02-11 07:35Mabamba Swamp1
2021-02-08 08:30Mabamba Swamp--Main channel6
2021-02-12 17:58Entebbe Intl Airport2
2021-02-26 15:31Entebbe Botanical Garden1
2021-02-28 07:42Lutembe Bay Ramsar Site2
2021-02-27 07:43Lutembe Beach and Wetlands9
2021-02-13 12:30Maun--Thamalakane River2
2021-02-17 06:29Lake Victoria--Mfangano Island4
2021-02-16 16:48Eastern Gwassi Foothills
2021-02-14 11:09Lazy J Ranch (Restricted Access - Permit Required)1
2021-03-03 06:23Angama Lodge (Ol Kurruk)1
2021-02-09 07:40Maasai Mara NR--Mara Triangle2
2021-02-26 06:25Nata Bird Sanctuary
2021-02-21 07:22Konso--Kanta Lodge1
2021-02-14 06:45West Coast NP5
2021-03-01 09:09West Coast NP--Geelbek hides vicinity2
2021-03-01 07:15West Coast NP--Geelbek Salt Pans3
2021-02-27 10:36Lake Kariba @ Siavonga
2021-02-15 07:48Darling (general area)24
2021-02-05 16:11Lake Naivasha--Lake Oloidon1
2021-03-02 08:15Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden1
2021-03-03 16:30Intaka Island1
2021-02-28 07:15Kommetjie--Lighthouse5
2021-02-27 15:00Tokai Forest
2021-02-20 11:15Tygerberg Nature Reserve1
2021-03-04 07:34Kirstenhof Wetland9
2021-02-28 08:15Debre Birhan countryside2
2021-02-05 17:48Lake Naivasha--Safariland/Sopa Lodge
2021-02-27 13:00Rondevlei Nature Reserve2
2021-02-03 08:00Lake Naivasha--Crescent Camp2
2021-02-27 09:30Strandfontein WTP2
2021-02-27 12:09Ngorongoro Conservation Area--Elephant Cave Trail1
2021-02-27 09:05Gibbs Farm5
2021-02-05 07:20Koloniesland Trail4
2021-03-04 08:44Stellenboschberg--Lower Trail4
2021-03-04 10:14Paardevlei2
2021-02-04 05:58Spanish Farm Guest Lodge4
2021-03-04 06:39Dick Dent Bird Sanctuary1
2021-02-14 09:29Woodlands Stop-Over
2021-02-13 10:54Helderberg Nature Reserve1
2021-02-20 07:07Mega area4
2021-03-03 16:42Naro Moru River Lodge1
2021-02-26 09:05South Luangwa NP--Mfuwe Lodge2
2021-02-28 09:00U of N Kabete Campus & Field Station (incl. Loresho Swamp)
2021-02-20 13:05Karen Country Club2
2021-02-06 13:57Betty's Bay (general area)2
2021-02-20 06:19Il Ngwesi Group Ranch2
2021-02-24 07:56Nairobi River @ National Museums of Kenya (incl. Boulevard Hotel)3
2021-02-21 07:06Nairobi NP
2021-03-02 07:43Samburu NR1
2021-02-25 13:00Tarangire NP--Tarangire Safari Lodge2
2021-02-03 07:00Kitengela, Athi Plains3
2021-02-28 06:55Mt. Kenya NP--Castle Forest and Lodge1
2021-02-20 10:11Dandora WTP, Ruai1
2021-02-19 08:00Bulawayo--Aisleby Sewage Works1
2021-02-17 16:00Hillside Dams1
2021-02-26 08:00Magongo Hills18
2021-02-06 07:36Lake Duluti10
2021-02-10 17:36Sandberg Fynbos Reserve1
2021-02-24 06:30Ngare Sero Mountain Lodge2
2021-02-14 09:07Mandegee farm1
2021-02-10 05:08Greengrove Dam10
2021-02-26 07:26Mokolo Dam Nature Reserve1
2021-02-28 08:13Marakele NP1
2021-02-28 09:43Mabalingwe1
2021-02-28 07:17Abe Bailey Nature Reserve40
2021-02-26 05:49Kgomo-Kgomo1
2021-02-28 05:54Wolfhuiskraal to Kgomo-Kgomo1
2021-03-03 17:50Sagala Lodge/Ndara Ranch1
2021-02-05 07:30Zaagkuildrift Rd (Please be more specific; Do not log Kgomo-Kgomo birds here.)
2021-02-28 06:10Sondela Nature Reserve1
2021-02-06 17:43Karoo Gariep Nature Reserve4
2021-02-17 10:19Soetdoring Nature Reserve1
2021-02-13 06:25Nylsvley Nature Reserve--Vogelfontein2
2021-03-03 07:35Nylsvley Nature Reserve1
2021-02-11 09:40Houtrivier Dam1
2021-02-09 15:00Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden3
2021-02-11 05:51Diepsloot Nature Reserve2
2021-02-08 08:53Wilderness NP2
2021-02-20 12:51Dainfern2
2021-02-19 06:26Golden Harvest Park2
2021-02-17 11:45Norscot Koppies Kingfisher Nature Reserve3
2021-02-20 07:15Northcliff Ridge Eco Park2
2021-02-13 16:21President Ridge Bird Sanctuary2
2021-02-27 10:49Bishop Bird Park1
2021-02-20 06:33Roodeplaat Dam Nature Reserve10
2021-02-07 09:16Strubendam Bird Sanctuary2
2021-02-03 06:45Naturena8
2021-02-28 18:08Rietvlei Nature Reserve1
2021-02-24 10:57Polokwane GR1
2021-02-22 18:03Bonaero Pan4
2021-02-21 06:00Thokoza Wetland2
2021-02-13 12:54Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve35
2021-02-15 15:51Plettenberg Bay--Uplands Road2
2021-02-12 07:48Bitou River Valley1
2021-02-12 10:12Piesang Valley and Estuary1
2021-02-13 07:38Keurbooms River Estuary10
2021-02-12 16:24Robberg Nature Reserve2
2021-02-27 07:34Devon Grasslands IBA (Gauteng Province)4
2021-02-12 08:15Shimoni Town and Seafront1
2021-02-27 14:25Mtwapa--Ngamani1
2021-02-07 08:40Nguuni Nature Sanctuary2
2021-02-06 09:15Arabuko-Sokoke NP--Kenya Forest Service1
2021-02-22 06:12Kruger NP--Bridge over Luvuvhu River
2021-02-20 10:05Kruger NP--Pafuri/S63 area3
2021-02-14 07:39Lower Tana River Delta
2021-02-13 06:37Sabaki River Estuary
2021-02-15 06:30Leeupan (Mpumalanga Province)4
2021-02-21 05:11Kruger NP--Bateleur Bushveld Camp2
2021-02-06 17:15Chwaka Bay2
2021-02-11 06:27Hazyview--Kruger Park Lodge2
2021-02-13 17:42Nelspruit Nature Reserve1
2021-02-11 05:13Singita Ebony Lodge2
2021-02-07 16:04Wakkerstroom area (Please be more specific)1
2021-02-06 21:06Kruger NP--Skukuza Camp1
2021-02-28 07:00Happy Valley Road5
2021-02-11 13:46Hlane Royal NP--Ndlovu Camp1
2021-02-07 16:09Mlawula Nature Reserve--Hyena Pool1
2021-02-28 05:39Karkloof--Conservancy6
2021-02-21 14:19Midmar Dam--North Shore (Main Gate)6
2021-02-21 15:22Midmar Dam--South Shore (Thurlow Gate)2
2021-02-20 06:50Cedara Agricultural College Conservancy1
2021-02-27 17:00Hilton--Mondi Forests1
2021-02-17 16:35Hilton--Doreen Clark NR2
2021-02-28 11:42Albert Falls NR2
2021-02-20 17:02Pietermaritzburg--Waltdorf Estate6
2021-02-16 13:01Pietermaritzburg--Wylie Park2
2021-02-10 07:55KaMsholo Bushveld Safaris (formerly Nisela Safaris)1
2021-02-21 08:16Macaneta-- Wetland, dune forests and coast2
2021-02-12 00:00Pietermaritzburg--General area2
2021-02-10 05:14Pietermaritzburg--UKZN Agricultural Gardens1
2021-02-13 05:59Pietermaritzburg--Bisley Road2
2021-02-13 07:08Pietermaritzburg--Bisley Valley NR6
2021-03-02 07:31Pietermaritzburg--Darvill Resources Park2
2021-02-21 06:58Nkandla FR2
2021-02-14 08:47Tala Private GR5
2021-02-27 07:18Hole in the Wall1
2021-02-07 05:34Manyoni GR (please be more specific)4
2021-02-03 09:30Maputo Elephant Game Reserve
2021-02-21 11:33Eshowe--Dlinza Forest2
2021-02-19 07:02KwaDukuza--Sappi Stanger hide
2021-02-05 12:43Mdloti Lagoon1
2021-02-21 06:20Sibaya Coastal Forest Reserve2
2021-02-20 14:45Umhlanga Lagoon NR2
2021-02-23 05:00Phinda GR
2021-03-03 11:00Mpempe Pan
2021-02-21 13:52Mtunzini (general area)3
2021-02-28 06:30Nibela Floodplains
2021-02-21 15:49Umlalazi NR3
2021-03-02 16:00Dunes de Dovela3