Barbary dove

The Barbary dove has been recorded in Alice Springs, Tennant Creek and Darwin in the past.

It is illegal to keep Barbary doves in the NT without a permit.


Barbary doves may compete with native species for food and habitat.  They may also carry parasites and diseases which can threaten native birds.

Barbary doves are often a nuisance to people because of their nesting behaviour and droppings around the house.


If you see a Barbary dove in the wild you should report it to your nearest Department of Environment and Natural Resources office.

Last updated: 28 November 2017