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Morning Dove

Morning Dove

The Morning Doves are back. There were at least seven in my backyard today.

A graceful, slender-tailed, small-headed dove that’s common across the continent. Mourning Doves perch on telephone wires and forage for seeds on the ground; their flight is fast and bullet straight. Their soft, drawn-out calls sound like laments. When taking off, their wings make a sharp whistling or whinnying. Mourning Doves are the most frequently hunted species in North America.

  • The Mourning Dove is the most widespread and abundant game bird in North America. Every year hunters harvest more than 20 million, but the Mourning Dove remains one of our most abundant birds with a U.S. population estimated at 350 million.
  • The oldest known Mourning Dove was 31 years 4 months old.
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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. LifestyleswithLia
    Apr 01, 2015 @ 07:47:56

    These doves are so gentle and peaceful.. I love their cooing sound… Pretty picture!

    Reply

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