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Mourning Dove

Audio of a mourning dove in the wild.

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Photograph of a Mourning Dove walking on the ground

Mourning Dove

Zenaida macroura
Doves symbolize peace, and they are also a popular quarry of hunters. Our mourning doves are probably the closest living relatives of the extinct passenger pigeon. Learn more about these cooing seed-eaters!

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Mourning Dove

Video of mourning doves in the wild.

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Photo of mourning dove, adult female

Mourning Dove

Many predators eat mourning doves. The eggs and chicks often fall prey to snakes, hawks, and skunks and other mammals. Like rodents, doves reproduce at a high rate and live but a short time. Only 40 percent of doves hatched in a given year survive until the next breeding season.

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Photograph of a Mourning Dove walking on the ground

Mourning Dove

Mourning doves eat mainly seeds, plus some insects, as they walk on the ground in crop fields, around farms, and in yards.

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Photograph of a Mourning Dove drinking water with head down

Mourning Dove Drinking Water

Doves and pigeons, unlike most other birds, can drink water with their heads down. Other birds must scoop up water with their bills, then throw their heads back for gravity to make the water go down their throats.

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Photo of mourning dove nest with two eggs

Mourning Dove Nest With Eggs

Mourning doves court in April. Usually 2 eggs are laid in a flimsy nest and are incubated for 14 days. Squabs are fully fledged at about 2 weeks. Once a pair complete their first nest, they start on the next. They can have as many as 7 nesting attempts between late March and early September.

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Photo of a mourning dove on its nest

Mourning Dove On Nest

The male mourning dove collects sticks for the nest, bringing them to the female, which constructs the nest. Upon hatching, young squabs are fed “pigeon milk,” a nutritious secretion from the adult crop gland. After about a week, the young are weaned to seeds.

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Nontoxic Shot

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It's the future of dove hunting on conservation areas.

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Plants and Animals

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Quiet, tolerant and attractive, mourning doves (Zenaida macroura) make fine neighbors. In fact, though they predate humans in America, they’ve made the best of our arrival and strange behaviors.

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