Mourning Dove

Mourning Dove:

 Mourning dove

A Mourning Dove is a small-headed, slender tailed bird. It perches on telephone wires and forage for seeds on ground. Its flight is fast and bullet straight. When they are taking off, their wings make a sharp whistling or whinnying. Mourning Doves are the most frequently hunted species in North America.

Scientific Name:

Its scientific name is  Zenaida macroura. Mourning Dove french name is Tourterelle triste. Its spanish name is  Huilota.

Size and shape:

Mourning dove have plump-bodies and are long tailed with short legs, small  bill and head. It head looks particularly small in comparison to the body. The long, pointed tail is unique among North American doves. The mourning dove is a medium-sized, slender dove approximately 31 cm (12 in) in length. Mourning doves weigh 112 to 170 g.they usually  weighs  closer to 128 g.


Mourning Doves fly fast on powerful wingbeats. Sometimes they make sudden ascents, descents and dodges.


Seeds make up 99 percent of a Mourning Dove’s diet, including cultivated grains and even peanuts, as well as wild grasses, weeds, herbs, and occasionally berries. Mourning Doves eat roughly 12 to 20 percent of their body weight per day, or 71 calories on average.

Cool Facts:
  • During the breeding season, you might see three Mourning Doves flying in tight formation, one after another. This is a form of social display. Typically the bird in the lead is the male of a mated pair. The second bird is an unmated male chasing his rival from the area where he hopes to nest. The third is the female of the mated pair, which seems to go along for the ride.
  • Mourning Doves eat roughly 12 to 20 percent of their body weight per day, or 71 calories on average.
  • Morning dove can drink brackish spring water without becoming dehydrated the way humans would so this is the reason why it can survive in desert.


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