The Speckled Pigeon (Columba guinea) is also called the African Rock Pigeon. It is a common medium-sized African bird.
The Speckled Pigeon has rufous (red-brown) wings and back. Its wings are speckled with white spots. Its upperparts and underparts are blue-grey. Its head is grey with red patches around its eyes. Its neck is brownish, streaked with white. Its beak is pale and its legs are red.
It grows to 41 centimetres (16 inches) tall.
It is common and widespread in open habitats across sub-Saharan Africa. It is frequently seen around human habitation and cultivation.
Most of its food includes vegetables, grains or groundnuts.
The Speckled Pigeon builds a large stick nest on rocky outcrops and in urban areas often on flat roofs under deep eaves. Females lay two white eggs.
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
Martina Nicolls: SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM