Red-Eyed Dove

  • SCIENTIFIC NAME: Streptopelia semitorquata

  • SWAHILI NAME: Hua Fifi

Like other pigeons, red-eyed doves can be regarded as pests; they will make themselves at home in urban buildings, and harm sunflower crops.

Red-Eyed Dove

Red-Eyed Dove



Daily Rhythm




Conservation Status

least concern


162–310 g


Length: 30 cm

Red-Eyed Dove

Trivia Question

What is the difference between doves and pigeons?


Pigeons and doves belong to the order Columbiformes, and all have short, rounded bodies and short, scaly legs.

Social Structure

Similar to its relatives, red eyed doves usually keep to themselves or associate with a single other bird. However, it has been seen feeding in mixed groups with other doves.


Red eyed doves often call in a six-note pattern, emphasizing the final two notes.


Red eyed doves usually forage on the ground, often under trees, and usually in the early morning and late afternoon. They call in the morning and at sunset, and have been heard on moonlit nights.


Least concern


Red eye doves eat various seeds, including maize, sunflower, castor seed, and millet. They also consume berries and termites.


Nests are constructed in trees or other vegetation, and are made of twigs and grass, although sometimes red-eyed doves use crow, thrush, or egret nests instead. Broods consist of one or two eggs that both parents incubate for around two weeks, and chicks leave the nest around two to three weeks after they hatch.

Friends & Foes

Pythons, sparrowhawks, and falcons all prey on red-eyed doves.

Population in Kenya

It is common in most habitats.

Range & Habitat

Red-eyed doves are found throughout much of sub-Saharan Africa and along the southwest Arabian Peninsula.

Red-eyed doves are found almost everywhere except deserts, and favor access to large trees and water. They frequent parks and gardens and have become habituated to living in human environments.

Did you know?

Doves are common household pets in part because they are less demanding than other birds, such as parrots.