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Ring-Necked Dove

Streptopelia capicola
Conservation Status: 
Least Concern on the IUCN Red List.
Range: 
Eastern and Southern Africa
Habitat: 
Semi-desert scrub, savannah, woodlands, farmlands, open plantations, and acacia thickets.

Ringneck doves are monogamous, territorial nesters. Males will coo at the female and puff out their throats in efforts to woo her. The male brings her twigs and leaves, which she will arrange to form a flimsy, platform nest. They tend to build nests 2 to 10 metres from the ground, using a horizontal branch fork in a tree.

They are largely sedentary birds. They spend the majority of their time alone or in pairs, but they flock together around abundant food and water sources.  Peak foraging times are early morning and late afternoon.  They eat seeds, fruit, berries, and occasionally insects.

Ring-necked doves are adaptable and tolerant of human disruption.  In fact, their population is increasing. As habitat destruction creates new habitats, these doves can adapt to the new environment.  This is not true for most species.