Black-billed Wood-dove Turtur abyssinicus
Black-billed Wood Dove, Mole National Park, Ghana, June 2011 - click for larger image

Mole National Park, Ghana
June 2011

The Black-billed Wood-dove is distributed across Africa south of the Sahara and north of the Equator. It is found in drier habitats such as wooded savanna and bushes round desert wells.

It is similar to Blue-spotted Wood-dove T. afer but is paler, greyer and has a black bill. Note the pattern on the back with two black bands bordering a pale panel and a black terminal band to the tail.

The song is a series of soft, plaintive hoos.

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