French: Tourterelle vineuse German: Röteltaube Spanish: Tórtola vinosa
Other common names: Vinaceous Turtle-dove
J. F. Gmelin, 1789,
Mauritania, Senegambia and Guinea E to Eritrea, C Ethiopia and Uganda.
25 cm; 97–124 g. Differs from S. capicola in pinkish crown, and also in paler underwing. Head, neck, breast and underparts a vinous-pink or fawnish pink, crown... read more
Advertising call a continuously repeated three-note cooing phrase, with first note different from... read more
Occupies dry woodland from sea-level up to 2000 m; also found in bushy grassland and cultivated... read more
Food and feeding
Seeds and other vegetable matter make up most of diet, but termites, caterpillars and snails also taken. A study in Senegambia catalogued... read more
Recorded in all months in Senegambia and Mali; Mar in Ethiopia, and Aug–Sept in rest ofE Africa. Pairs defend breeding territories.... read more
Seasonal movements recorded between bush savanna and riparian habitat, but precise details not... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Generally abundant, e.g. in Gambia, N Sierra Leone and N Togo. Populations expanding in places, e.g. in Senegambia, appears to be on the increase due... read more
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