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Pictures of Mourning Doves, Mourning Dove Facts
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Zenaida Macroura


Zenaida Macroura

Mourning dove closeup


Mourning dove closeup

Mourning dove closeup

Dove against blue sky


Dove against blue sky

Dove on roof


Dove on roof

Wet dove


Wet dove

Dove on birdfeeder


Dove on birdfeeder
Dove on birdfeeder

Dove birdfeeder


Dove birdfeeder
Dove on birdfeeder
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The mourning dove is a fairly common bird across North America.  Beautiful and simple birds, they make a very distinct 'coo coo coo,' a slow, mourning cooing sound.

The birds are a mid-sized bird, about 12 inches in length. Both male and female are a brownish-gray color with black spots on their wings, cheek area. They also have a slight pale, pink coloring on their head, nech and stomach.  They can be distinguished from other types of doves by it's long, pointed tail and white tips on its feathers. However, in the Northeast, we would not typically see other types of doves, other than the Rock Dove, which looks extremely different in both size and coloration.

 

Mourning doves are monogamous and are believed to pair for life. They can be found in pairs or in groups, but usually in pairs within the group. In the all but the South, birds have 2-3 broods of 2 eggs each per season. In the South, these doves can have 5-6 broods a year.

Mourning doves eat mostly seeds from feeders or on the ground. They can be found in most habitats in their area, often found perched on wires in pairs. They walk, rather than hop.  They suck up water as opposed to lifting their heads to swallow it.  This is also a trait of other doves and pigeons.