Namaqua Dove

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.

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