Let us tell you about another lovely desert pigeon which is the resident of the arid and dry zones of the African continent. This is Emerald-spotted wood dove which is a species of open drier deciduous woodland and second growth and normally it is absent from evergreen rainforests and semidesert areas. The scientific name of the Emerald-spotted wood dove is Turtur chalcospilos and its global population size has not been quantified, because it is normally found in abundance.
Emerald-spotted Wood Dove is a small plump pigeon, typically 20 cm in length. Its back, hindneck, wings and tail are pale grey brown, and the folded wings have green metallic patches. There are blackish bands on the lower back and tail. The forehead, crown and nape are bluish grey, fading to pinkish grey on the throat. The underparts are mauve-pink, becoming whiter on the belly. The bill of this dove is blackish with a red base. The sexes are similar, but the female may be slightly duller than the male.
This lovely desert pigeon like the laughing dove builds a flimsy stick nest in a tree or shrub, and lays two cream-coloured eggs. Both sexes of the Emerald-spotted Wood Dove incubate for 13–17 days to hatching, and feed the squabs for 13–17 days to fledging.