The darker the color, the more favorable the climate conditions are for survival. The outlined areas represent approximate current range for each season. More on reading these maps.
Although unfamiliar to many birders, the diminutive Dovekie is actually quite common. Immense breeding colonies are concentrated on remote northern islands and seacoasts, and most Dovekies winter well offshore and fairly far north. Audubon's climate model, restricted to the species’ non-breeding distribution, anticipates a near doubling of climatically suitable regions, but only 45% of the current range is considered stable. Some of these newly created regions are unlikely to be used, however, as pelagic prey species for Dovekies may not be available in the new climate space at sea. Even in suitable offshore wintering grounds, depletion of fisheries is—and is projected to continue to be—a threat to the Dovekie.