Speckled Pigeon

Speckled pigeon at Wingham Wildlife Park

Speckled Pigeon Natural History

Size

This bird grows to 33 cm and weighs up to 390 grams.

Habitat and Distribution

This species has a wide range across much of Africa, South of the Sahara, including Angola, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe.

Age

They have a lifespan of 10 years in the wild or up to 30 years in captivity.

Diet

Speckled pigeons largely feed on grains and seeds.

Groups and Breeding

This species may be seen in anything from a pair up to  a flock of several hundred and can breed all year round. The female usually lays two eggs which are incubated by both parents until the hatch around 15 days later. The chicks then fledge around the age of one month.

Threats

Having such a large range this species is listed as ‘least concern’ by the IUCN

Interesting Facts

They are also Known as rock pigeons although they inhabit grasslands and urban areas.

The Speckled Pigeon During Your Day Out in Kent

Our speckled pigeon can be seen in the tropical house. This is a particularly beautiful planted area which is home to a variety of free flying birds including yellow backed chattering lori’s, speckled mousebirds, dusky lorikeets, Swainson’s rainbow lorikeets, zebra finch, Edwards’s pheasants, blue crowned pigeon and eclectus parrots.