of the African Turtle doves (Streptoplia). The body
is mostly brown with lots of pinish-gray shading.
The throat is nearly white with the face and forehead
a pale grayish-blue. The crown is a darker slate gray
with a thin black stripe that extends from the eye
to the bill on both sides. Beneath the tail the dove
is nearly white again the nape and frontal part of
the neck is a pinkish-mauve-gray. The ring or half
collar on the back of the neck is thick and jet black.
The wings and wing flights are a dark Payne's gray.
The bill is black. Legs and feet are reddish-purple.
In some individuals the feet and legs can be dark
purple and even gray, especially in immature birds.
eyes of both sexes are incredibly expressive. The
eyes are a liquidy raw umber brown with the orbital
skin surrounding the eyes yellow or gold.
female of this species is very similar. She is a tiny
bit smaller and has less of the pinkish sheen.
to Tony Brancato for his help with this page.