Often taken for granted, the ‘work harder, work harder’ call of the Cape Turtle Dove or Gewone Tortelduif in Afrikaans (Streptopelia capicola) – now called a Ring-necked Dove – takes me back to my years growing up in the Lowveld. This was one of the iconic evocative calls of the veld and hearing their cooing still reminds me especially of our farm in the De Kaap Valley. Among the strident duets of Black-collared Barbets, the admonition ‘better-get-started’ call of Red-eyed Doves and the soft burbling of Laughing Doves, I still thrill to the sound of the Cape Turtle Doves – usually calling from the trees in our back garden.

These pale grey doves have a striking black patch of feathers (collar) at the back of the neck – so it also known as a Half-collared Dove. They are not really pale doves for if you observe them closely, you will note that their feathers are a darker shade on the upper side with a blend of hues of brown, grey, and shades of lavender towards the nape. I think their black eyes have a gentle look about them.

Being mostly sedentary birds, they are commonly found in open habitats where they can feed on seed found on the ground. Our garden was bare when we arrived over thirty years ago and now that the front garden has become something akin to a forest, the Cape Turtle Doves prefer either the back garden or the street where it is more open.


23 thoughts on “CAPE TURTLE DOVE II

  1. This dove looks much like the European Collared Dove that has been introduced to our country. We have some in our city.


  2. I truly admire, and appreciate, your detailed knowledge of the flora and fauna you present here. They are a delight to behold, and the facts about them are very interesting.


  3. Lovely Anne, they are my favorite of the doves too. As I work in my studio I find the call of our Cape turtle dove quite soothing, and quite apt considering that I am working while listening 😂😊


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