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BARBARY DOVE (Streptopelia roseogrisea)
Biodiversity > Birds > Rare visitors and vagrants

Barbary dove

A small dove native to Northern Africa to Arabia. Introduced as a caged bird to Australia and New Zealand as far back as the 1860's - and feral populations are know from both these countries.

One record only. One bird was sighted by Mark McKillop, manager of Capella Lodge at that lodge on 6 April 2012. It was quite tame and Mark approached within a metre of the bird and obtaimed good photpgraphs of it. It has not been sighted since.

Given the southeast winds over the preceeding days to sighting at Lord Howe Island, it is presumed that this bird was blown over from New Zealand. 

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