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Friday, September 13, 2013

Cape Turtle Dove

For some reason, even our most avid birders overlook the doves and pigeons but I guess that is because they are so common and there is no area where they are not found.

Probably the ones most seen are the Cape Turtle dove which can be distinguished by the black ring behind the neck and the black eyes.

 Their call is also one which most people, even non-birders, recognise.
 They flock together in great numbers in some areas and forage on the ground for seeds, insects and grain. They come readily to people feeding them in parks.

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