Animal Name: Cape Turtle Dove or Ring Neck Dove
Scientific Name: Streptopelia capicola
It often nests, roost and eats in and around alien trees, such as Port Jackson Willow (Acacia saligna), Rooikrans (Acacia cyclops), pines (Pinus) and eucalyptus trees (Eucalyptus)
Occurs from Ethiopia south through Tanzania, southern DRC, Zambia and Angola to southern Africa. It is one of the most prolific birds in southern Africa, occurring across the region in woodland, farmland, suburban parks and gardens.
It mainly eats seeds, supplemented with fruit, nectar, leaves and invertebrates. It usually forages on the ground, looking for seeds and fallen fruits.
- The female usually makes the nest in 3-8 days. The nest is a small platform of twigs, grass, roots and sometimes pine needles, usually about 15cm wide. It is typically placed in the fork of a tree, surrounded by dense foliage and often in suburban gardens or parks.
- Egg-laying season is year-round, peaking from August-November in winter rainfall areas.
- It lays 1-2, rarely 4 eggs, which are incubated by both parents for about 13-16 days.
- Once the chicks hatch, the egg shells are immediately thrown out of the nest. They are fed and brooded by both parents, leaving the nest for the adjacent bush after about 16-17 days. They are dependent on their parents for approximately 12 more days.