Mourning Dove

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