Mystery Solved - It's a Namaqua or Masked Dove
By Judy Evans
March 22, 2016 8:09pm CST
I wrote a post about some cage birds that my sister has. I didn't know what they were but checked with my sister this morning. Kewkumber @Ladypeace suggested that the mystery bird was a Namaqua dove and she is right. It is also called the Cape, masked or long-tailed dove. It is a monotypic species meaning the only species of the genus Oena. There are two sub-species. One is native to Africa and the Middle East (Oena capensis capensis) and the other to Madagascar (Oena capensis aliena). Male birds have a black mask while the face of the female is a whitish grey. They are mainly seed-eaters but also eat insects. In their native regions they are found in dry, open habitat with some scrub vegetation or wooded areas. So the mystery is now solved!
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23 Mar 16
Thanks for the mention Judy, you're too lovely. *Jumps in joy like a kid that won an arcade game* The birds in your picture looked alike to what turned up in my image search. It is a very adorable and sweet gentle looking bird. I've never seen it before up till now. I had 2 parakeets when I was a kid. I hated myself because I couldn't train them to speak.
• Bunbury, Australia
24 Mar 16
I checked Namaqua after your first mention but for some reason wasn't convinced. They are a completely different colour from the back to the front which is what threw me I think. It's a shame your parakeets wouldn't talk. I think we call these budgerigars.
• United States
1 Apr 16
@JudyEv indeed, very purty :) most'f the dove 'round here're purty calm also. they've gotten used to me bein' out 'n i can purty much tell which'uns 've spent previous summers here 'n those that jest stay year round versus newcomers.