White-tipped Dove Life History


Habitat Open WoodlandsFound in riparian areas, open woodlands, coffee and banana plantations, gardens, and fields.Back to top


Food SeedsSeeds, fruits, and some invertebrates.Back to top


Nest Placement

Nest Tree

Nest Description

A shallow bowl of thick twigs, placed in low tree.

Nesting Facts
Clutch Size:1-3 eggs
Egg Description:Cream-colored and unmarked.
Condition at Hatching:Naked except for bristly feather tips. Bill is pinkish brown with a black band and a white tip.
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Behavior Ground ForagerForages on the ground. Sometimes visits feeders.Back to top


Conservation Low ConcernWhite-topped Dove is not on the 2016 State of North America's Birds Watch List. Partners in Flight estimates a global breeding population of 20 million with 7% living in Mexico. They can sometimes be found in the far south of Texas, where they may be declining. The species rates an 8 out of 20 on the Continental Concern Score.Back to top


Hogan, Kelly M. (1999). White-tipped Dove (Leptotila verreauxi), version 2.0. In The Birds of North America (P. G. Rodewald, editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York, USA.

Lutmerding, J. A. and A. S. Love. Longevity records of North American birds. Version 2015.2. Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, Bird Banding Laboratory 2015.

Partners in Flight (2017). Avian Conservation Assessment Database. 2017.

Sibley, D. A. (2014). The Sibley Guide to Birds, second edition. Alfred A. Knopf, New York, USA.

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