Laughing Dove (Juvenile)
Laughing Dove
Laughing Dove
Scientific Name 
Spilopelia senegalensis
Arabic Name 
Kuwaiti name 
45.0 cm
27.0 cm
Least Concern


Abundant resident. This species’ range is expanding. First recorded in Kuwait in the mid 1970s, it is now the second most abundant breeding resident bird. Flocks of up to 300 have been frequently recorded. It is usually found wherever trees, buildings and farmland exist, even on some islands.
Where in Kuwait 
Primarily an inhabitant of areas with habitat, this species is also found around human habitations, in farmland, villages and towns all over Kuwait
In the world 
It has an extremely large range that stretches from southern Africa to Asia, as far east as India and has a stable population. It gets its name from its particularly characteristic call, which sounds like human laughter. A monogamous bird, this species only has one partner and will tend to return to the same nesting site year after year.
Local threats 
Indiscriminate shooting