doves are a symbol of peace throughout the world, releasing
"white doves" has become a popular and beautiful
way to celebrate or comemorate special events such as
weddings, graduations or funerals.
American Dove Association supports professional
dove releases and would like to clarify some facts in
an effort to maintain the safety of the birds and provide
a carefree experience.
Pigeons: The "white doves" that are
commonly released are actually white homing
pigeons. Homing pigeons are strong flyers and
have a powerful homing instinct which allows them
to return home safely.
White Dove is not the same bird as the white homing
pigeon. They are actually a color variety of the
domestic Ringneck Dove which is much smaller than
a homing pigeon. Ringneck doves do not have the
homing instinct and should not be released
in any situation. Any Ringneck Doves that are released
will not be able to fly far and become easy prey for
predators, nor will they be able to forage on their
Dove releases should be done by professionals.
Professionals generally maintain a very high standard
which ensures the safety of their birds and the integrity
of your event. Their birds are well taken care of
and have a home to which they will promptly return
upon release. Ringneck doves will not return home
and the release will undoubtedly prove fatal.
the Word: It is important that white ringneck
doves never be released in any circumstance. We invite
and encourage ADA members to include a prominent link
to this page on your personal websites. Feel free
to use any of the graphics at the bottom of this page..
Below are some links with more excellent information.