Barbary dove

Barbary dove

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

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 the Department of Environment, Parks and Water Security.

Last updated: 22 September 2020

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