Mourning Dove

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Mourning Dove

Elegant, shy and ubiquitous.  The primary small dove in much of  North America.  Prefers open areas and edges, often on wires.  Tan with dark spots in back; plump, with small head and bill; long, pointed tail with white edging (unique to North American doves).  Characteristic wing “whir” in flight; mournful song common.   Feeds almost entirely on seed.   Female builds nest on ground or dense foliage.  Lifespan up to 31 years.  Population ~ 120 million and stable; hunting kills 20 million annually.  

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January 24, 2015