Population status

(Alle alle)

In Canada, Dovekie are known to breed only on eastern Baffin Island, Nunavut, where fewer than 1,000 pairs are estimated to occur (Finley and Evans 1984, Montevecchi and Stenhouse 2002). In 1983, Inuit hunters reported that the colony at Home Bay, Nunavut, had been present throughout their lifetime (Finley and Evans 1984); this is the only information currently available for Canada’s breeding population. Dovekies winter in enormous flocks off shelf edges in the Atlantic, particularly the Grand Banks, Labrador, and Scotian shelves (Montevecchi and Stenhouse 2002). Results from the Christman Bird Count suggest that the wintering population has shown a large decrease (-4.1%/year; Meehan et al. 2018) relative to the 1970s, but sample sizes are low and the estimates are imprecise, with large fluctuations. Currently, there are insufficient data to describe the status of the Canadian population. Even the status of the global population, concentrated in Greenland, Svalbard, and the Russian Arctic, is poorly understood (Petersen et al. 2008). Because of the lack of information, a national population goal for the Dovekie has not yet been determined.


Population goal and acceptable levels of variation

Species/groupGoalLower levelUpper level
DovekieTo be determinedTo be determinedNot applicable