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Emerald-spotted Wood Dove

Afrikaans name: Groenvlekduifie

Emerald-Spotted Wood Dove

Emerald-spotted Wood Doves are often seen on the ground

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Turtur chalcospilos

The Emerald-spotted Wood Dove is often called the Green-spotted Dove or Green-spotted Wood Dove.

This dove is often seen on the ground and it allows you to approach fairly closely before flying into a nearby thicket.

Most often they are seen alone.

The Emerald-spotted Wood Dove nests in trees and shrubs where a flimsy nest is made. They may sometimes make their nest in an aloe. Two eggs are normally laid.

In South African this species is quite common in the southern and eastern regions of the country. The preferred habitats are woodland and savanna.

The Emerald-spotted Wood Dove feeds on seeds and fruit that it finds on the ground. It also eats termites and small molluscs.

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References and further reading

A First Guide to South African Birds - 7th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Year Published: 1975 - Page: 116

Animals of the Kruger National Park - Author: G. de Graaff - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 80

Collins Illustrated Checklist - Birds of Southern Africa - 1st edition - Author: Ber van Perlo - Year Published: 1999 - Page: 37

Field Guide to the Birds of Kruger National Park - Author: Ian Sinclair and Ian Whyte - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 100

Reader's Digest Illustrated Guide to the Game Parks and Nature Reserves of Southern Africa - 2nd edi - Author: Editor - Alan Duggan - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 410

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 5th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Year Published: 1985 - Page: 311

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 6th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Year Published: 1993 - Page: 307

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 4th Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Year Published: 2011 - Page: 226

The Doves, Parrots, Louries & Cuckoos of Southern Africa - Author: M.K. Rowan - Year Published: 1983 - Page: 124

List of South African Birds

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