Afrikaans name: Namakwaduifie
The Namaqua Dove is found over much of sub-Saharan Africa where it occurs in a variety of habitats such as savanna, farmlands and even gardens. In South Africa it may be seen over most of the country but it is absent from some of the Eastern Cape.S
These birds are most often seen in open areas on the ground where they look for seeds. When disturbed they fly off very quickly.
The male Namaqua Dove has a red bill and extensive black on its face and chest. The female is more of a uniform grey colour. Both sexes have long tails.
Despite spending much of their time on the ground these birds build their nest low-down in a tree or shrub. They lay either one or two eggs and both sexes attend to the eggs and chicks.
References and further readingBirds of the Natal Drakensberg Park - Author: Robin Little and William Bainbridge - Year Published: 1992 - Page: 41
Birds of the South Western Cape - Author: Joy Frandsen - Year Published: - Page: 117
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: 102
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: 309
Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 6th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Year Published: 1993 - Page: 306
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: 104