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In my experience pigeons and doves are tough critters. If their crop is full a shot in that area is like hitting a sand bag, the seeds absorb the shock of the pellet. I have hit collared doves solidly and then had to track them visually as they flew from one tree to another eventually falling to the ground dead. They’d fly off on a descending angle, land on a lower and lower perch till they hit the ground. This can make them very difficult to recover as you can imagine! 
John