Population Status 2016
The Mourning Dove is one of the most abundant bird species in North America, and is familiar to millions of Americans. Authority and responsibility for management of this species in the United States is vested in the Secretary of the Interior. This responsibility is conferred by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918 which, as amended, implements migratory bird treaties between the United States and other countries. Mourning Doves are included in the treaties with Great Britain (for Canada) and Mexico (U.S. Department of the Interior 2013). These treaties recognize sport hunting as a legitimate use of a renewable migratory bird resource. The 2016 report summarizes information collected annually in the U.S. on survival, recruitment, abundance and harvest of Mourning Doves. We report the trends in the number of doves and provide absolute abundance estimates based on band recovery and harvest data. Harvest and hunter participation are estimated from the Migratory Bird Harvest Information Program. The resulting information is used by wildlife managers in setting annual hunting regulations. Learn More.