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Emerald-Spotted Wood-Dove in Uganda (“Turtur chalcospilos”)

Emerald-Spotted Wood-Dove

What to Know About the Emerald-spotted Wood-dove in Uganda?

The Emerald-Spotted Wood-Dove in Uganda is one of the African Uganda Birds seen during Birding Tours. The emerald-spotted wood dove is a bird of the Columbidae family, resident across Uganda. This is a species of open drier deciduous woodland and second growth. It is absent from evergreen rainforests and semidesert areas.

How Does the Emerald-Spotted Wood-dove in Uganda Look Like?”

Its back, hindneck, wings and tail are pale grey brown, and the folded wings have green metallic patches.

There are blackish bands on the lower back and tail. The forehead, crown and nape are bluish grey, fading to pinkish grey on the throat. The underparts are mauve-pink, becoming whiter on the belly.

The bill of this dove is blackish with a red base. The sexes are similar, but the female may be slightly duller than the male.

The immature has duller green spots and buff fringes to the feathers. When flying, black-billed wood dove is told from this species by its bright chestnut underwings.

How does the Emerald-Spotted Wood-dove in Uganda Sing and Make Calls?

The call is in three parts: two soft long coos, followed by a series of slow descending coos lasting 10 seconds, and concluding with 4 seconds of rapid coos, which decrease in volume.

How Does the Emerald-Spotted Wood-dove in Uganda Feed?”

Emerald-spotted Wood Doves mostly feed on various seeds (mostly grass seeds), berries and termite alates (swarming termites). Most foraging occurs on the ground.

How Does the Emerald-Spotted Wood-dove in Uganda Nest?

They build flimsy nests out of sticks in the branches of trees or shrub well hidden in dense green foliage.

How Does the Emerald-Spotted Wood-dove in Uganda Breed?

Emerald-spotted Wood Doves are monogamous, establishing firm bonds that last a lifetime.

How Does the Emerald-Spotted Wood-dove in Uganda Reproduce?

The average clutch consists of 1 – 2 cream-colored eggs. The parents take turn in incubating the eggs for about 13 – 17 days to hatching; and raise the young jointly to independence.

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