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Susan Hembree

Pleasant Gap, PA, United States


This male mourning dove feeds his hour old hatchling for the first time. He also is sitting on a second egg, which hasn’t hatched, yet. The adult’s head bobbed up and down during the feeding; the hatchling following the movement. The body of the adult was heaving as well; regurgitating. I have read that this regurgitation is the production of “pigeon’s milk” for the youngling.


Feeding Time

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First Feeding

A male mourning dove feeds his newly hatched baby.

One response to “First Feeding”

  1. Texas Bird Family says:

    We had a Mourning Dove nest in our neighbor’s dead palm tree.

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