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About the Namaqua Dove

Also known as: Cape Dove, Long-tailed Dove, Masked Dove

The Namaqua Dove is a tiny pigeon which is widespread across Africa south of the Sahara Desert and Madagascar. Its range also extends into the Arabian peninsula and southern Israel and Jordan.

Namaqua Doves are very small -- House Sparrow-sized -- and have very long black tails. Its size and shape have led to comparison with the Budgie. It usually forages on open ground and roadsides. They are not very gregarious, and are usually solitary or in pairs, but form larger flocks at waterholes.

The Namaqua Dove has an extremely large natural range. Their population trend is increasing and they have a conservation status of Least Concern as of July 2014.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 29 March 2008
Scientific Name Oena capensis
  • Columbiformes
  • Columbidae
  • Oena
  • O. capensis
Birdorable Family Pigeons & Doves
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 26 July 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
8.5 inches
11 to 13 inches
.99 to 1.9 ounces
Range North Africa West Africa Central Africa East Africa South Africa

International Names

  • 小长尾鸠 (Chinese)
  • Hrdlička Kapská (Czech)
  • Namaquadue (Danish)
  • Maskerduif (Dutch)
  • Naamiokyyhky (Finnish)
  • Tourtelette Masquée (French)
  • Kaptäubchen (German)
  • Tortora Maschera di Ferro (Italian)
  • シッポウバト (Shippoubato) (Japanese)
  • Kappdue (Norwegian)
  • Turkaweczka czarnogardła (Polish)
  • Горлица капская (Russian)
  • Tortolita Rabilarga (Spanish)
  • Långstjärtsduva (Swedish)