Thomas Enright’s research over White-tipped dove (Leptotila verreauxi) aims to determine the species’ habitat associations and distribution in the the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas. Understanding these population parameters can provide a firm basis for developing targeted population surveys used to determine species abundance. Although white-tipped doves have been a legal game bird since 1984 (Homerstad 1984), no reliable methodology presently exists for estimating species abundance, nor have any attempts been made to understand landscape-level habitat associations or distribution.
The White-tipped dove broadly ranges from northern Argentina to the United States, and reaches its northernmost distribution in south Texas. Within the confines of the United States, the highest densities of white-tipped dove are believed to occur in the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas. They occupy remnant, discrete patches of native forestlands and citrus groves.