Streptopella capicolaDove Ringnecked01


  • Columbidae

How long do they live?

  • 10 or more years with good care
  • We have had doves as old as 18

How big are they?

  • Length: 9.8–10.4 inches
  • Weight: 3.2–6.6 ounces

Where in the world are they?

  • The domestic dove can be found world-wide because it is kept in captivity by humans.
  • The domestic Ring-necked Dove is descendent from the wild African Ring-necked Dove, which inhabits the savannah regions of North Africa.

What kind of habitat do they prefer?

  • Semi-desert scrub, Boscia and Acacia savannah, a variety of woodland types, farmlands, open plantations and alien acacia thickets

What do they have for lunch?

  • In the wild: Seeds of grasses, cereal grains, lupines, milkweeds, alien acacias and pines, but also on broken fruit and berries of oaks, gums, currants and Lantana, and insects like earthworms, termites, and weevils on occasion

Where do babies come from?

  • Two to four pure white eggs are laid
  • Both sexes participate in the incubation that takes around two weeks
  • Chicks are fed regurgitated food by both parents and fledge after about 16 days
  • Several broods (up to 5) may be raised in a single breeding season

Interesting Facts

  • This type of dove gets its name from the black crescent shape marking on the lower neck

Conservation Status

  • CITES –Not listed
  • IUCN –Not evaluated


  1. Appendices I, II, and III of CITES. (February 5, 2015) Accessed January 2016.
  2. BirdLife International (2016) Species factsheet: Streptopella capicola. Accessed January 2016.
  3. Encyclopedia of Life. Accessed January 2016.
  4. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. (2015) Accessed January 2016.

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