CAUTION: Post Storm Damage to Coastal Trail
The Presidio Coastal Trail segment just north of the Pacific Overlook and adjacent to Lincoln Blvd remains CLOSED indefinitely. We have posted signage to alert bicyclists and hikers and with information for safe trail alternatives. More »
Natural History: The Mourning Dove eats seeds, grasses, and sometimes insects. It nests in trees where it breeds from January to September.
General Distribution: In the Presidio, this species can be found in annual grasslands, coastal scrub areas, all forest areas, on lawns, amongst ornamentals, and on roads. It breeds in the Presidio.
Frequency: This species is abundant all year.
Identifying Characteristics: The Mourning Dove is brown in color and is slimmer than the domestic pigeon (Rock Dove) with a pointed tail bordered with large spots. It tends to emit three, "cooo" sounds in a row.
Did You Know?
Major Jonathan Letterman--after whom the hospital at the Presidio was renamed in 1911--was the medical director of the Army of the Potomac. A founding father of military medicine, Letterman organized forward first-aid stations, mobile field hospitals, and ambulance services during the Civil War.