The Socorro dove is extinct in the wild, so it now only lives in zoological collections. The species was native to Socorro Island off the west coast of Mexico until its last sighting in the wild in 1972.
The bird mostly eats seeds, but also some fruits, berries and insects.
The loss of the species in the wild is a result of many threats, including overhunting, human settlement and overgrazing by sheep destroying their habitat. Since they were native to a remote island, Socorro doves never learnt to escape predatory mammals, so when cats were introduced to the island the dove population was significantly impacted.
Paignton Zoo is proud to be part of the EAZA ex-situ breeding programme (EEP) for the Socorro dove, successfully breeding the species in 2020. A conservation effort is underway to re-introduce this bird to the island of Socorro.