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Mia, John, Abby, Johny C

Villages Of Bear Creek, TX, USA


I’ve been seeing this dove for months now. His wing looks like it’s falling off. I’ve also seen two birds with black intentions on their neck and belly. (Adult mockingbird and young male sparrow) Also, two birds were all puffed up and leaning over. Their beaks were open. (adult mockingbird and female sparrow) The mockingbird wasn’t moving for about 3 hours. The sparrow had trouble walking and was acting weird. There also was a mockingbird fledgling. I noticed it was very skinny and different looking. Then I saw it weeks after and it was very skinny and had matted feathers. I saw yesterday that an adult mockingbird was attacking the fledgling! Why do you think this is?



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Possibly Injured Mourning Dove

This picture was from a couple of months ago. I saw the bird today and his wing is still like this.

32 responses to “Possibly injured Mourning Dove”

  1. Texas Bird Family says:

    Any ideas?

  2. Ava Johnson says:

    The open beaks were panting. Do you have a bird bath in your yard? If not then maybe getting one could help with overheating. I don’t know about the black but I’ve also experienced it with a female Ruby-Throated Hummer. She has black markings all over her stomach. The dove is probably injured, broken wing maybe. I have no idea about the young mockingbird.

  3. Texas Bird Family says:

    We do have a birdbath. We have two actually. The dove can fly but not as well as the others.

  4. Texas Bird Family says:

    I need some help! I saw a mockingbird fledgling. His head feathers or either gone or in really bad shape. He is really skinny and gets attacked by at least two different adult mockingbirds pretty much daily. The adult mockingbirds peck, bite and dig their claws into the young mockingbird. I’m concerned. He looks terrible. What causes this?

    • Texas Bird Family says:

      I just saw an adult mockingbird with the same thing on its head.

    • Ava Johnson says:

      That’s terrible! I wonder why the adults are attacking him. Keep an eye on him, if it gets too bad you might have to bring him to a rehaber.

      • Texas Bird Family says:

        I’ll try to get a picture of him when I see him again. He looks really bad. He’s really skittish now too. He didn’t use to be.

  5. Texas Bird Family says:

    I did some research and I think the dove is injured or sick.

  6. Ava Johnson says:

    Weird, I wonder what’s wrong then

  7. Texas Bird Family says:

    I saw him yesterday and his wing makes it hard for him to climb on stuff and walk normally.

  8. Texas Bird Family says:

    It’s gotten worse than in the picture.

  9. Texas Bird Family says:

    I just saw an adult mockingbird with no head feathers!!! Help!

  10. Ava Johnson says:

    Have you called someone yet?

  11. Texas Bird Family says:

    We just saw a baby mockingbird with black spots all over it and and destroyed feathers!

    • Texas Bird Family says:

      Its head was black because of black feathers and the tips of its wings were black too! The contour feathers on its wings and tail were destroyed! HELP!!

      • Ava Johnson says:

        It was probably attacked by something. You could try contacting whoever you contacted for the dove. Also, what ended up happening with the dove? Did you give it to them?

        • Texas bird family says:

          We called about the dove and they said if you can easily catch him bring him to us… But we can’t bring him to them because we haven’t seen him since about a week ago so…

        • Texas bird family says:

          I don’t know… It had feathers on its head but they were black instead of gray… Same thing on the contour feathers on the wings and tail

        • Texas Bird Family says:

          We saw him two days ago.

  12. AND do I look like a flamingo!?

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