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Non-Native Doves

Three species of non-native doves often seen in and around Perth. They are typically smaller and more common than native doves.

Non-native Species

Common Names: Laughing Doves, Spotted Doves, Feral Pigeons

Scientific Name: Streptopelia senegalensis, Streptopelia chinensis, Columba livia

Conservation Status: Introduced

Threats: Not applicable

Will they visit?: Non-native doves have adapted well to urban areas and visit home gardens regularly

Natural Distribution: Widespread throughout the South West and Perth region

Habitat at a Glance

See Habitat Guide for more detail

Shelter: Nests built in trees, shrubs, and man-made structures

Diet: Seeds, fruits, and occasionally insects

Water: Bird baths and frog ponds

ReWild Benefit: Not applicable

ReWild Benefits

Non-native doves are often confined to urban and developed areas. They are often predated on by birds-of-prey and other predators. You can keep them out of the garden by not leaving out bird seed. If you want to know more visit BirdLife Australia. If you have seen one in your neighbourhood or around the home you can record your sighting on Birdata and help scientists monitor their population.


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