Mystery Solved - It's a Namaqua or Masked Dove

@JudyEv (142050)
Bunbury, Australia
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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@DeborahDiane (24875)
• Laguna Woods, California
23 Mar 16
What a gorgeous bird! Our daughter has parakeets and had a cockatiel in the past, but never a bird like this!
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@JudyEv (142050)
• Bunbury, Australia
24 Mar 16
He's very pretty isn't he? Cockatiels are lovely too.
23 Mar 16
what a lovely photo. i love the beautiful birds in our world!
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@JudyEv (142050)
• Bunbury, Australia
24 Mar 16
There are some lovely birds around the place aren't there? Every country has their own beautiful creatures. I always think the cardinal is beautiful. We don't have them here.
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24 Mar 16
@JudyEv aw, i see cardinals almost daily around here
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@JudyEv (142050)
• Bunbury, Australia
24 Mar 16
@jillybean1222 I don't think we have anything quite so bright although one of our parrots species is brightly coloured.
@SIMPLYD (86550)
• Philippines
23 Mar 16
So, this one is a male because it has a black mask . Beautiful and colorful bird . Just look at the beak .
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@JudyEv (142050)
• Bunbury, Australia
24 Mar 16
Several people have mentioned the beak. I had to scroll up to the photo to have another look at the beak. I hadn't really noticed the lovely colours.
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@Ladypeace (2047)
• Singapore
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.
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@JudyEv (142050)
• 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.
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@simone10 (21646)
• Louisville, Kentucky
31 Mar 16
I think the dove is very pretty but I like things like that which are unusual.
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@JudyEv (142050)
• Bunbury, Australia
4 Apr 16
Me too. It is just that little bit different.
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@simone10 (21646)
• Louisville, Kentucky
5 Apr 16
@JudyEv I agree, very unique. I guess they are just like the many different people we meet.
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• United States
24 Mar 16
what a beaut 'n so diff'rent from the doves 'round these parts. thanks fer the additional info's well :D
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@JudyEv (142050)
• Bunbury, Australia
31 Mar 16
It's a pretty little thing isn't it? I like the fact that they don't flap all over the place but seem quite settled and calm.
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• 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.
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@destimona (1914)
• Luxembourg, Luxembourg
23 Mar 16
I am somehow right in my response. I told you its a Dove.
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@JudyEv (142050)
• Bunbury, Australia
24 Mar 16
You did indeed so well done you!
@destimona (1914)
• Luxembourg, Luxembourg
24 Mar 16
@JudyEv Thank you.
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@Inlemay (17162)
• South Africa
5 Apr 16
Thats from out region - whats it doing there?
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@JudyEv (142050)
• Bunbury, Australia
5 Apr 16
They are now raised as cage birds and available from pet shops. Maybe not all pet shops but some.
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@Tampa_girl7 (27588)
• United States
24 Mar 16
I am glad that the mystery is solved.
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@JudyEv (142050)
• Bunbury, Australia
24 Mar 16
Yes, I like to know what the different birds are.
@acelawrites (12739)
• Philippines
23 Mar 16
So beautiful bird! Oh you really researched on what bird it is.It is really nice to watch these wonderful creatures.
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@JudyEv (142050)
• Bunbury, Australia
24 Mar 16
Kewkumber had worked out what it was and then my sister confirmed it.
• Preston, England
23 Mar 16
A really beautiful bird
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@JudyEv (142050)
• Bunbury, Australia
24 Mar 16
Thanks. It is gentle little thing too which I like.
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@Jessicalynnt (47878)
• Centralia, Missouri
23 Mar 16
love the colors on the beak, quite vivid
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@JudyEv (142050)
• Bunbury, Australia
24 Mar 16
I had to scroll up and check out the beak and you're right. They are vivid.
@Ronrybs (8115)
• London, England
23 Mar 16
Not of them before, doesn't look dove like to me, but I am not expert!
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@JudyEv (142050)
• Bunbury, Australia
24 Mar 16
My sister had two which had babies and she now has four or five but they haven't nested since.
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@TRBRocks420 (86107)
• Banks, Oregon
23 Mar 16
Very cool I thought it might be some type of Dove.
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@JudyEv (142050)
• Bunbury, Australia
24 Mar 16
I went off searching dove then pigeon. If you look at it from the back it is a completely different colour to the front.
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@garymarsh6 (14767)
• United Kingdom
23 Mar 16
It is a pretty looking bird!
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@JudyEv (142050)
• Bunbury, Australia
24 Mar 16
It's lovely isn't it? Are you in America yet? As soon as Vince gets home we're off on our little Easter sojourn.
@suni51 (3185)
• India
23 Mar 16
Yes, as expected you are from my second home I don't remember if I ever saw this bird in Sydney or surrounding areas, I am not sure though. Next time I go there (in May this year) I will check if I could see one of these beautiful birds.
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@JudyEv (142050)
• Bunbury, Australia
24 Mar 16
It is a cage or aviary bird so hopefully it won't be flying around free. You might find it in a bird shop.
@Lucky15 (33669)
• Philippines
23 Mar 16
wow, that is nice name, and i learn a new one again :)
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@JudyEv (142050)
• Bunbury, Australia
24 Mar 16
I am always learning things on this site. I didn't realise I knew so little till I joined MyLot!
@teamfreak16 (42537)
• Denver, Colorado
23 Mar 16
I've never heard of those either. Like I said, my dove knowledge is pretty much nil.
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@JudyEv (142050)
• Bunbury, Australia
24 Mar 16
Well, I guess now you know a little bit more - as I do. :)
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@ida123 (6230)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
23 Mar 16
I think we don't have that kind of dove here, the usual color of our doves here are grey and white, I like the color of your dove and its beak is colorful too.
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@JudyEv (142050)
• Bunbury, Australia
24 Mar 16
They are native to South Africa but are now sold, possibly all over the world, as cage birds.
• United States
23 Mar 16
What a beautiful bird. I love the color of it's beak. Is the one pictured here your sisters?
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@JudyEv (142050)
• Bunbury, Australia
24 Mar 16
It does have a colourful beak, doesn't it? Yes, Vince took this photo of my sister's bird.