Dovekie Identification

Adult Description

  • Small waterbird.
  • Stocky and without apparent neck.
  • Black-and-white.
  • Short, stubby bill.
  • In breeding plumage, entirely black back, head, and chest; white belly.
  • In nonbreeding plumage, black back, cap, and face; white throat and underside, with dark neckband.

Immature Description

Similar to nonbreeding adult, but slightly browner.
Relative Size

Relative Sizebetween robin and crowbetween robin and crow
  • Both Sexes
    • Length: 7.5-9.1 in (19-23 cm)
    • Weight: 4.7-7.2 oz (134-204 g)
    • Wingspan: 15.0 in (38 cm)