Mourning Dove

Two birds sit on a tree branch with the sun on their heads. They are light gray in color with short black beaks. The wings are slightly darker than the body.

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Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)

Length 12” Wingspan 18”
Short bill, small head, slender body, narrow pointed wings, long pointed tail, brown-gray with spots on wings, seen resting on wires or foraging on ground for seeds. Call is a sad hoot boo-hoo-hoo.

The mournful sound of this species is what gives it its name! A soft coo-OO-coo-coo in a minor key.


Last updated: August 18, 2020

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