Streptopelia capicola (Cape Turtle Dove), gewone tortelduif [Afrikaans] in my garden, after enjoying a wonderful bath.
The Cape turtle-dove is extremely common, and is found everywhere in southern Africa. It lives in most types of woodland, as well as farmland, suburban parks and gardens. It mainly eats seeds, as well as fruit, nectar, leaves and insects. It usually makes its own nest, out of twigs, leaves and roots, but can also use nests made by other birds. It lays 1-4 eggs, usually 2, which are incubated by both sexes, for 13-16 days. The nestlings stay in the nest for 16-17 days, after which they are dependent on their parents for 12 more days before becoming fully independent.
PHOTOGRAPHY:Birds in my garden
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10 Jan. 2013.