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STOCK DOVE
Columba oenas
Stock Dove © Tommy Holden
 
Conservation Listings

Unlisted/Amber (Important breeding population)
Biodiversity Steering Group: Unlisted

Long term trend
UK: Rapid increase
 
Status Summary
Populations have increased substantially, probably showing a recovery from the deleterious effects of organochlorine seed-dressings in the 1950s and early 1960s (O'Connor & Mead 1984). The increases in breeding performance are slight: the improvement in nest failure rates at the egg stage (17 days in length) was from 18% down to 11%, and were not detectable in farmland habitats alone (Siriwardena et al. 2000b). BBS indices suggest that abundance is currently stable.
 
 
Table of population changes for Stock Dove
Source Period
(yrs)
Years Plots
(n)
Change
(%)
Lower
limit
Upper
limit
Alert Comment
CBC all habitats 31 1968-1999 75 183 108 306    
  25 1974-1999 80 93 51 158    
  10 1989-1999 75 34 19 59    
  5 1994-1999 71 39 26 55    
CBC farmland 31 1968-1999 37 199 117 372    
  25 1974-1999 38 124 73 229    
  10 1989-1999 37 53 26 96    
  5 1994-1999 35 55 38 89    
CBC woodland 31 1968-1999 27 221 51 865    
  25 1974-1999 30 76 8 226    
  10 1989-1999 31 27 0 61    
  5 1994-1999 30 33 13 61    
BBS UK 6 1994-2000 582 9 -2 20    
BBS England 6 1994-2000 538 8 -3 20    
BBS Wales 6 1994-2000 23 59 -13 190   Small sample
The Breeding Bird Survey is jointly funded by BTO, JNCC and RSPB
 
 
Table of productivity information for Stock Dove
Variable Period
(yrs)
Years Mean
annual
sample
Trend Predicted
in first year
Predicted
in last year
Change Comment
Clutch size 31 1968-1999 64 None        
Brood size 31 1968-1999 87 None        
Daily failure rate (eggs) 31 1968-1999 63 Curvilinear 0.0113 nests/day 0.0067 nests/day -0.0046 nests/day  
Daily failure rate (chicks) 31 1968-1999 47 None        
Laying date 31 1968-1999 13 None       Small sample
 
Insufficient data on CES
available for this species




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This report should be cited as:
Baillie, S.R., Crick, H.Q.P., Balmer, D.E., Beaven, L.P., Downie, I.S., Freeman, S.N., Leech, D.I., Marchant, J.H.,
Noble, D.G., Raven, M.J., Simpkin, A.P., Thewlis, R.M. and Wernham, C.V.
(2002) Breeding Birds in the Wider
Countryside: their conservation status 2001. BTO Research Report No. 278. BTO, Thetford. (http://www.bto.org/birdtrends)

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