What do doves eat?
A dove's diet consists almost entirely of seeds from cultivated fields and weeds along fence rows.
Doves generally do not feed in areas containing heavy, densely-matted vegetation. Bare ground on which seeds are available is preferred.
Key Foods: seeds, grains, fruit, grasses, huckleberry, pine, sunflower
Rye Pine Seed
Proso Millet Grain Sorghum
Sudan Grass Sunflower
Croton Wild Millets
Crab Grass Crowfoot
Sedges Poke Weed
Wild Peas Johnson Grass
Evening Browtop Primrose Millet
Water is an important requirement for doves. Watering sources are used more frequently if bare ground is found adjacent to a portion of the water's edge.
The Rock Dove, the common pigeon, was introduced to the United States in the 1600's.