French: Tourterelle du Cap German: Gurrtaube Spanish: Tórtola de El Cabo
Other common names: Cape Turtle-dove
Columbam vinaceam var. capicolam
[sic] Sundevall, 1857,
Rondebosch, Cape Province.
Subspecies and Distribution
S. c. electa
(Madarász, 1913) – W Ethiopia.
S. c. somalica
(Erlanger, 1905) – E & SE Ethiopia, Somalia and N Kenya S to R Uaso Nyiro.
S. c. tropica
(Reichenow, 1902) – SW Ethiopia and C Kenya to Angola, Zimbabwe and South Africa.
S. c. onguati
Macdonald, 1957 – SW Angola and N Namibia.
S. c. damarensis
(Hartlaub & Finsch, 1870) – Namibia, Botswana and SW Zimbabwe.
S. c. capicola
(Sundevall, 1857) – W South Africa.
25 cm; 106–200 g. Differs from S. vinacea in bluish grey crown, and also in darker underwing. Forehead and face light bluish grey, crown darker than face, a... read more
Advertising call a continuously repeated, fairly high-pitched phrase comprising a short note... read more
Thrives in woodland and open wooded savanna; also frequents plantations and farmland, and regularly... read more
Food and feeding
Essentially a seed-eater but also takes a variety of invertebrates including aphids, locust nymphs, earthworms, termites and weevils;... read more
Season varies locally, but breeding has been recorded in all months in Zimbabwe and South Africa. Pairs occupy breeding territories of c. 0... read more
Ringing studies indicate that most individuals are sedentary; however, from about Sept to late Jan... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Abundant throughout much of sizeable range; call is one of commonest and most typical sounds of African savanna. Species probably increasing its... read more
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