Namaqua Dove (Juveniles)
Namaqua Dove (Female)
Namaqua Dove (Male)
Scientific Name 
Oena capensis
Arabic Name 
Kuwaiti name 
33.0 cm
28.0 cm
Least Concern


Uncommon resident and scarce disperser in spring and autumn; breeds in Kuwait. Another recently established resident. As with other doves it exploits trees and farmland which have been expanding, providing new habitats.
Where in Kuwait 
It is typically found in dry, open areas where there is some cover from bushes, agricultural land but has also beeb recorded at inland pools in the Jahra area
In the world 
A common to abundant species with an extremely large range and an expanding population in Arabia; it is found throughout sub-Saharan Africa, as well as throughout the Arabian Peninsula. While some populations remain in the same area all year round, some are nomadic, moving from place to place, and others migrate seasonally. These seasonal migrations seem to be related to rainfall. The male is a striking bird, with a black face and throat accompanied by a vibrant red and yellow bill
Local threats 
Indiscriminate shooting