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Namaqua Dove - Kgalagadi

Oena capensis, is a pigeon which is a widespread resident breeding bird in Africa south of the Sahara Desert and Madagascar. Its range also extends into the Arabian peninsula southern Israel , Jordan and as far as Turkey. It is the only species in the genus Oena. This species is found in near desert with acacia and bushes. It builds a stick nest in a bush, and lays two white eggs, which are incubated for 16 days in typical pigeon fashion; the female at night and early morning and the male from mid morning till late afternoon. Its flight is fast with clipped beats and it tends to stay quite low. Namaqua Dove is a tiny House Sparrow-sized pigeon, typically 22cm in length with a 28-33cm wingspan, and weighing 40g. It has a very long black tapered tail, and the size and shape have led to comparison with the Budgerigar. The plumage is mostly grey apart from a white belly, and chestnut primary feathers which are visible in flight. (credit wikipedia)

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