Mourning Dove

Mourning Dove

Description:

Mourning Doves get their name from their mournful song. They are a medium-sized wild bird ranging from 9 to 13 inches with a wingspan of 15-18 inches. They weigh between 3.04 and 6 ounces.

Their colors are a grayish brown back with a buff underneath, black spots on the wings, and a black spot shaped like a comma below and behind the eye.

They have a graduated gray tail with longer feathers in the middle and white tips bored with black on the outer feathers. They have a small, thin black bill, dullish red legs and feet and dark brown eyes.

Males are larger than females and show more color with a bluish cap, pink chest and neck feathers and three white outer tail feathers. The female is graced with an olive gray cap and a tan breast. Neck feathers can be greenish or pinkish with one or two white outer feathers. Their wings make a musical whir or whishing noise.

Diet:

The Mourning Dove eats seeds and feeds on relatively bare ground but can be attracted to gardens and backyard bird feeders.

They can be found across North America breeding from Cuba north to Southern Canada and New England, and wintering from Southern Illinois and New York to the Greater Antilles and Panama.

They feed in pairs or flocks. In the wild they will eat pine nuts, wheat, corn, sesame, canary grass, sweet gum, amaranth and pokeberry seeds. At feeders, they prefer sunflower, safflower and millet seeds.

Nesting Habits:

Mourning Doves breed in all kinds of open areas. They like to build flimsy platforms made of twigs, pine needles and grass stems. They prefer building these platforms in trees, shrubs and other vines growing as high as 50 feet. They will make nests in man-made structures.

They have only two white eggs in each clutch and may have five to six broods a year. They never leave their eggs unattended and both female and male take turns sitting on the nest. They are monogamous and keep the same partner for life, but if a Mourning Dove loses its mate will find a new one.

More Information:

This is a beautiful wild bird that makes its home throughout most of North America. They are at ease in all types of terrain--the deserts of Arizona, northern and eastern forests, the farmland of the Great Plains, and even in populated urban areas.

The Mourning Dove is considered the most abundant game bird in North America and is among the top ten most abundant birds in the United States. Their song sounds like Òcoo-OOH, Ooo-Ooo-OooO.

An interesting fact about the Mourning Dove is that when they are building a nest the female stays at the nest site and the male bird collects the sticks. He then stands on her back to give her the sticks and she then weaves them into their nest. 

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Mourning bird lover 
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Morning doves helped me grieve 
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cascadecowgirl@aol.com 
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A Dove Story 
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Two birds,one nest 
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Close Encounter with Doves! 
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Nesting mourning dove 
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Fall From Grace 
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When will they come back? 
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doves in my hanging flower basket on front porch... 
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Sweet Doves 
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Studying Our Mourning Doves 
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Baby Mourning Doves 
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A Dove Story 
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When will the eggs hatch? 
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Doves raising a Robin? 
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New bird family 
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Mourning Birds are Loving 
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Donna's Angel 
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Mourning Dove Nesting 
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A Pair of Morning Doves 
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Help! Pigeon or Dove? 
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Mourning Dove seem to have left her nest with eggs unhatched?? 
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Doves in my flower basket . 
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Morning Dove Left Her Nest 
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Broken Wing Trick! 
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Mourning Dove Eggs 
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Mourning Doves and Sweet Peas Help 
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Mark's Song 
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Grandma Jean 
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Dove and rain 
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Saving my baby doves 
I took this picture of them. They are getting big

Saving my dove babies 
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LR 
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Baby Dove fallen from nest... 
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Doves in a basket 
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Doves nesting in our flower pot on the porch!!!.. 
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Doves in my Fan Palm tree (40 miles north of Tampa, FL) and only 5 feet up from the ground 
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Mourning Dove parents return to empty nest  
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Lisa 
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Hurt Dove 
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Different bird same nest ? 
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Abandoned babies? 
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mourning dove nesting  
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Bird hotel 
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Possible abandonment of chicks 
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parakeet & a group of doves 
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Doves Dancing 
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baby morning dove found in the garage 
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Cat trouble 
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two feathers 
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No matter rain wind or heat 7-22-2012 
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ASAP! Cat brought a baby bird into our house. Now what??? 
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I was watering "the eggs"....... 
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My Regrets about the baby 
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Spring Surprise! 
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They came back to say goodbye!! 
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Downtown Cincinnati dove roost 
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baby born with 1 leg 
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Doves on the porch 
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Coming back again 
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Bird in Pool 
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Need Mourning Dove Help! 
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My Precious Doves!! 
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I helped build a nest for them... 
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Tiffany and Tommy 
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DOVE FAMILY IN THE VENTURA HARBOR VILLAGE,CALIF. 
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Found Dove egg on ground 
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Mourning Dove 
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Leti's Doves 
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My mourning dove 
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doves 
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Mourning Doves or Morning Doves? 
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THE LOSS OF MY BABY DOVE "BABY" 
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Doves in Robin's Nest 
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Doves on the 12th floor. 
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Please, tell me what's best to do 
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Doves in My Planter 
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Nesting Mourning Doves 
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saving my dove babies picture 
The little ones are growing so fast! I will miss them when they leave.

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