French: Pigeon de Somalie German: Somalitaube Spanish: Paloma somalí
Other common names: Somali Stock-dove
S. R. Clarke, 1918,
Closely related to C. oenas and also to C. eversmanni. Monotypic.
Coasts of N & NE Somalia.
28 cm. General colour lavender-grey, mantle and wings with brownish tinge; lower back and rump bluer, darker grey; primaries tipped with black; tail black with grey central... read more
Poorly documented. Presumed advertising call described as “wuk-wuk-wuk-oooh”, the notes sounding... read more
Inhabits rocky and sandstone hills and escarpments; found in areas of scant vegetation and almost... read more
Food and feeding
Feeds mostly on the ground, where takes seeds; cultivated grain; berries also known to be eaten.
Nests found in May and Aug. Two nests examined were made of dried grass placed in recesses in cave roofs. Each contained one egg.
Locally migratory, in hot weather of May–Sept absent from cliffs at Guban.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Currently considered Data Deficient. Restricted-range species, endemic to north-east Somalia and present in North Somali Mountains EBA. A very poorly... read more
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