Laughing Dove (species: Streptopelia (Streptopelia) senegalensis) in Australian Birds (Gaia Guide)
Streptopelia (Streptopelia) senegalensis
Laughing Dove

©Arthur Chapman: Laughing Dove (Streptopelia (Streptopelia) senegalensis)

©Lip Kee Yap: Laughing Dove (Streptopelia (Streptopelia) senegalensis)

©Arno Meintjes: Laughing Dove (Streptopelia (Streptopelia) senegalensis)
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Columbiformes
Family Columbidae
Genus Streptopelia
Species Streptopelia (Streptopelia) senegalensis



Distinguishing features

The Laughing Dove is a long-tailed, slim pigeon. Its back, wings and tail are reddish-brown with blue-grey in the wings. In flight, the underwings are rich chestnut.

The head and underparts are pinkish, shading to whitish on the lower abdomen. There is black spotting on the throat. The legs are red. (Wikipedia)


  • Up to 25 cm (Length of specimen)


  • From 40 cm to 46 cm



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution: Laughing Dove (Streptopelia (Streptopelia) senegalensis)

Distribution and habitat preferences

It is a common and widespread species in scrub, dry farmland and habitation over a good deal of its range, often becoming very tame. (Wikipedia)

Local feral populations

  • Western Australia:  Introduced from the South Perth Zoological Gardens since 1898. Native to subsaharan Africa.

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