Emerald-spotted Wooddove, Hoedspruit area

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Emerald-spotted Wooddove

Emerald-spotted Wood Dove is a small plump pigeon, typically 20 cm in length. 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.

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.

This species shows some geographical variation in plumage, but differences are clinal, and Emerald-spotted Wood Dove is now considered to be monotypic.

White-throated Robin-chat, Kruger National Park

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If you visit Olifants camp keep a look out for the White-throated Robin-chat near the Restaurant and view point.

Giant Kingfisher, Kruger National Park, South Africa

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Giant Kingfisher2Giant Kingfisher1Giant Kingfisher4Kingfishers smashes their catch against hard surfaces to make it easier to swallow. This Giant Kingfisher was sitting next to the bridge near Lower-Sabie.