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The right and wrong doves to hunt

Legal Game Doves

(may be hunted during open season)

Mourning Dove

Slightly smaller than the whitewinged dove. Mourning doves may fly with white-winged doves, but can be distinguished by their more rapid wing beat, more erratic flight path and pointed tail. In fall, the highest densities are found in desert agricultural areas, around water sources and desert areas where annuals are abundant.

White-winged Dove

Somewhat larger than a mourning dove with a white bar on the upper wing surface and a long, moderately rounded tail. The range of whitewinged doves generally coincides with the distribution of the saguaro cactus.

Collared Dove

Collared doves are larger than both the native white-winged and mourning doves. They have a black collar on the top part of the neck, pale gray coloration, and dark primary feathers. These doves are an introduced species that have recently expanded their range into Arizona. Originally native on the Indian subcontinent, this bird was introduced to the Bahamas in the 1970s and quickly spread to Florida. Since then, they have moved westward into Arizona.

Illegal Game Doves-


(may not be hunted)

Inca Dove and Ground Dove

Small birds approximately half the size of a mourning dove. Both are gray and fly close tothe ground with rapid wingbeats.

The Inca has a scaly appearance with a long tail that has white margins.

Ground dove has a short, round dark tail. Common summer resident in the better watered valleys, mostly south of the Mogollon Rim.

Contact the California Department of Fish and Game, (916) 445-0411.

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