Photo category:
Sandy desert
Vertebrates specimen collection
Natural History Museum of Crete exhibition

  • Photo taken by:
    Trikali, M.
  • Photo taken date:
    March 2013
Laughing Dove
Pigeons and Doves
Desert ecosystem
Sandy desert diorama

Photo of a Laughing Dove, Streptopelia senegalensis, North Africa’s most common bird. It may be a passerine, but it is adapted to predation as is obvious from its hooked bill. It preys upon large beetles and even small birds, which can often be seen “spiked” - waiting to be eaten - on the thorns of bushes which also define its territorial limits.