Wildlife - Species


Common Ground Dove

Species Specific Regulations

Doves - Common Ground Dove

Protected non-game: May not be harvested.

Complete hunting regulations.

Common Ground Dove (Columbina passerina)

Ground Dove Wing

Description

  • Sexes similar
  • Small, chunky dove
  • Black-tipped orange bill
  • Gray-brown back and upperwings
  • Scaly appearance to breast and head
  • Black spotting on wing coverts
  • Cinnamon inner webs of primaries visible in flight and occasionally at rest
  • Cinnamon wing linings
  • Short tail is slightly rounded at tip
  • Tail is brown centrally, with black edges and white corners

Average Size

Length: 5.5 inches; approximate weight is between 2 to 4 ounces.

Preferred Habitat
Their range is throughout coastal plain – most common in outer coastal plain. Rarely in Piedmont. Feeds on grass seed and waste grain.

 

 

Publications and Literature

Attracting Doves Legally. (Adobe PDF) Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division. Columbia, South Carolina

Doves of South Carolina - Identification and Status. (Adobe PDF) Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division. Columbia, South Carolina

South Carolina Dove Hunting Guide. (Adobe PDF) Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division. Columbia, South Carolina

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Billy Dukes - Small Game Project Supervisor

SCDNR
P.O. Box 167
Columbia, SC 29202
Phone: (803) 734-3886
Fax: (803) 734-6020

E-mail: dukesb@dnr.sc.gov