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.
This bird, considered a “Florida specialty” by many U.S. birders, in fact ranges widely throughout the Caribbean. The White-crowned Pigeon’s distribution is tightly tied to the availability of tree nuts and fruits; the bird is a frequent “island hopper,” flying from one land mass to another in search of food. Audubon's climate model projects a 63 percent loss of current summer range by 2080, with potential northward gains. The species’ ability to disperse is not in question. The key issue, then, is whether its food resources will be able to track climate change. Movement north in the Florida peninsula is plausible, but establishment much farther afield is unlikely.