Cape Turtle Dove… the bird of peace…

The Ring-necked Dove (Streptopelia capicola), also known as the Cape Turtle Dove and the Half-Collared Dove.

They are abundant in the bush, savannah, farmlands, and woodlands of southern Africa. Their name comes from a black patch of feathers on the back of their necks. The rest of their feathers are a pale brownish-grey, with darker colours on their backs. They also have white tips on the end of their tail feathers.

They are quite noisy in groups, not only for the variety of calls they make throughout the day (and often into night), but also because their wings clap loudly when the birds take flight. Their usual call is a monotonous and high-pitched crooning sound, “Cooka-loo” which they repeat ten to thirty times. They have a second, cackling call that sounds like laughter. Because of the unusual sound of the birds’ call, in the bush it is said that in the morning the call of the dove is saying ‘work harder,[work haaarder’], and in the evening, the call is saying ‘drink longer, [drink laaager’].

It is such a common bird a photographer like me tends to ignore them… this one however just got in my face, begging to have its photo taken… so I did, and was astounded with the result… a true model of beauty that I’m glad I captured, just felt right to post today…. the “peace bird” that’s always around…

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Even turned around so that the white tail feathers can be seen… these came out so well I intend to take more…

29 thoughts on “Cape Turtle Dove… the bird of peace…

  1. Thank you for sharing this magnificent photo or the “peace bird” who has such interesting messages regarding work ethic bulldog!!! Wow – it’s a fantastic shot — and a beautiful creature. I can see why she wanted to model is she aware of her own aesthetic prowess! 🙂 Loved it ~ xo R

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