Love Dove?

The bird that it’s being featured on this post is well known in North America, since they are found in almost every State of the Union. The Mourning Dove is one of the most abundant and widespread of all North American birds.

Mourning doves are light grey and brown and generally muted in color. Males and females are similar in appearance. The species is generally monogamous, with two squabs (young) per brood. Both parents incubate and care for the young. Mourning doves eat almost exclusively seeds, but the young are fed crop milk by their parents. Mourning doves eat almost exclusively seeds, which make up more than 99% of their diet. Rarely, they will eat snails or insects.

The number of individual mourning doves is estimated to be approximately 475 million.

The mourning dove occupies a wide variety of open and semi-open habitats, such as urban areas, farms, prairie, grassland, and lightly wooded areas. It avoids swamps and thick forest. The species has adapted well to areas altered by humans. They commonly nest in trees in cities or near farmsteads.

Their presence at my backyard feeders is almost permanent, they are voracious eaters and have a great capacity in their crops for a large amount of seeds.

Most Mourning Doves migrate south along flyways over land, this is usually during the day in flocks and at low altitudes. However not all individuals migrate.

These doves are hunted at rate of 20 millions individual per year as a game bird for sport and for meat…

“Luckily, one pair may raise up to six broods a year!”


 

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20 thoughts on “Love Dove?

  1. Mourning doves are a constant presence where I live and I never tire of them. I love waking to their call and watching their antics in my yard; so of course I enjoyed this post and the photographs immensely. Thank you for writing it.

  2. Informative post H.J.! We have these doves everywhere around us here, but I have recently seen a few that are much lighter in color, like almost whitish or light beige/gray. Have yet to capture one…Does their color fluctuate a lot in intensity or would that be another type of dove?

  3. I “lovingly” call these birds pigs with wings. 🙂 They get on the feeder and won’t leave! Other people say that blue jays are aggressive, I think mourning doves are much more so and they won’t allow anything else to land where they are eating! Wonderful captures of them, H.J.!

  4. What a lovely series of shots of these Mourning Doves, HJ. These are one of my favorites, as I first learned to recognize their distinctive cooing sound when I was living in Israel many yeas ago. (Only later, after I returned to New York, did I discover how common they had always been back home!)

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