Adamawa Turtle-Dove Streptopelia hypopyrrha

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A dark turtle-dove with typical scaly rufous-pink edging to the wings and black patches on the sides of the neck. The face is pale silvery-gray and the belly and flanks are pinkish-mauve. Female and juvenile are paler than the male. Uncommon to common in pairs and small groups in rocky broadleaf woodland, preferring riverine areas. Song is a 3-note “cuuuoor-cuuuuoor-cuuu.” The slightly smaller European Turtle-Dove occurs alongside Adamawa as a migrant between September and March, but has whitish lines within the black neck patches, a pinkish (not gray) breast, and a paler belly. 

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