Nonnatives - Inca Dove

Inca Dove - Columbina inca

Florida's Nonnative Wildlife. Species detail.

First year: 1963

Extirpated year:

Established status: Species are present but not confirmed to be breeding. Population persists only with repeated introductions and/or escapes of individuals.

Estimated Florida range: 1 county  At least 10 years, 3 counties  Not reported breeding

Statewide trend: Unknown status

Threats to natives:  None known.

Species Account: Native to the southwestern United States and Mexico. Its northward expansion should eventually be limited by cold sensitivity (Mueller 1992).

Habitats: Central or core urban area, Low density suburban development, areas peripheral to core urban areas, and small towns

County First Year Extirpated Year Breeding status Notes
Franklin 1963   Not reported breeding  
Monroe 1965   At least 10 years Once established on Key West (Stevenson and Anderson 1994)
Palm Beach 1963   Not reported breeding  
Wakulla 1963   Not reported breeding  


Mueller, A. J. 1992. Inca Dove (Columbina inca). In The Birds of North America, No. 28 (A. Poole, P. Stettenheim, and F. Gill, eds). Philadelphia: The Academy of Natural Sciences; Washington, DC: The American Ornithologists' Union.

Pranty, B. 1996b. A birder's guide to Florida. American Birding Association, Inc., Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA.

Stevenson, H. M., and B. H. Anderson. 1994. The birdlife of Florida. University Press of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, USA.

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