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Red-eyed dove

Birds of Namibia

Introduction: Red-eyed doves (Streptopelia semitorquata) inhabit woodlands, riverine and forests, usually singly or in pairs.

Distribution: As they require to drink regularly they distribution range is confined to the far north of the country along the Kunene River extending along the border watercourses to the Caprivi.

Diet: Forages on the ground and under trees for dry seeds from grasses, sorghum, sunflowers, millet and maize.

Description: Semitorquata is the Latin word for 'half-collared' referring to the black collar behind the neck. Their eyes are orange to red, hence the common name. They are often confused with smaller Cape turtle-doves and the African mourning dove.

Breeding: Females lay 1 or 2 eggs on a flat nest made of twigs and leaves. Incubation periods are around 15 days. Nestlings often fall prey to pied crows and the African goshawk.

Size: 35cm. Weight: 250g.

Conception Bay Flight

A scenic flight along Namibia's Forbidden Coast (Sperrgebiet) an area which is virtually impossible to visit overland. Attractions seen on this flight include ship wrecks, seal colonies and Sandwich Harbour. Flight from Swakopmund

Sossusvlei Scenic Flight

A scenic flight over the dunes at Sossusvlei. Flight from Swakopmund

Sossusvlei Excursion

A scenic flight that lands near Sesriem and includes a trip into the dunes at Sossusvlei. Flight from Swakopmund

Ultimate South

View a massive portion of southern Namibia from the air. A landing and ground excursion to the Fish River Canyon finish of this day trip. Flight from Swakopmund

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