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Laughing Dove

The Laughing Dove, Streptopelia senegalensis, is a small pigeon resident to the tropics in Africa south of the Sahara, the Middle East and southern Asia east to India. It is also known as the Little Brown Dove in India. Probably as the result of stowaways from Africa or India, the bird is also found in a localized area of Perth and Fremantle of Western Australia. It is commonly found in scrub and dry farmland.

The Laughing Dove is a long-tailed, slim pigeon, about 10 inches in length. Its back, wings and tail are reddish-brown with blue-gray in the wings. In flight, the underwings are rich chestnut. The head and underparts are pinkish, shading to whitish on the lower abdomen. There is black spotting on the throat. The legs are red. Sexes are similar.

Laughing Doves eat grass, seeds, grains, other vegetation and small insects. They usually forage on the ground in grasslands and cultivation. They are not particularly gregarious, and are usually alone, or in pairs. This species builds a stick nest in a tree and lays two white eggs.

Laughing Dove


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