At a Glance

When Audubon explored Florida in the 1830s, he apparently found Zenaida Doves nesting on the Florida Keys. Today the species is only a very rare visitor to Florida from the islands of the Caribbean. Like its relatives, the Mourning and White-winged doves, it usually feeds on the ground in brushy or semi-open areas.
Pigeon-like Birds
Low Concern
Forests and Woodlands, Shrublands, Savannas, and Thickets
Direct Flight

Range & Identification


11-12" (28-30 cm). Very rare visitor to Florida. Very similar to Mourning Dove but with shorter, square-tipped tail. White trailing edge on inner part of wing is conspicuous in flight, and shows as white spot on wing when standing.
About the size of a Crow, About the size of a Robin
Wing Shape
Rounded, Short
Tail Shape
Rounded, Square-tipped

Songs and Calls

Very similar to Mourning dove, but faster and with the first note less modulated.

Climate Vulnerability

Conservation Status

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