The Bar-shouldered Dove is an abundant bird locally. Usually in pairs or small family groups these confiding pigeons are seed eaters as distinct from the more numerous fruit eating pigeons. Their call is a soft coo-coo-coo which isn’t easily heard unless an observer is close to the birds.
The nest is flimsy collection of sticks generally placed in a low shrub and 1 or 2 young are normal.
The birds inhabit the township and open grassy places as well as roadsides and remain a common sight in the village.
Good luck and good birding
Adrian Walker aka Professor Birdbrain
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