mourning dovesLatin name: Zenaida macroura

Length, wingspan: 12″, 18″

What they eat: Seeds, occasionally berries

Habitat: Woodlands, open areas, farmland

Where they nest: Coniferous or deciduous trees

My observations: Mourning doves are much more petite than the introduced Eurasian Collared doves, having slender bodies and narrow, triangular tails with black and white tips. They also have black speckles on their wings. They earned their name from their soft, plaintive cooing calls and when they flush, their wings make unusual whistling sounds. We see them during the summer months, nibbling fallen seeds underneath the bird feeders.

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