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Fayetteville, AR, USA


I was lucky enough to witness a pair of Mourning Doves copulating on a fallen tree. I was never able to locate the nest but this was still a special experience. The doves rubbed heads before breeding, afterwards, the male fanned his tail feathers in the direction of the female for a few minutes, why did he do that?
Photos taken on April 14, 2022
Camera: Canon EOS Rebel T7


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Sweet Pair Of Mourning Doves

Pre-copulation bonding

2 responses to “Sweet Pair of Mourning Doves”

  1. Texas Bird Family says:

    When I see doves fan their tail feathers, they normally get aggressive and attack the other doves. They also seem to do it when they are scared.

  2. Texas Bird Family says:

    I think he’s just stretching. Birds fan their tails when they stretch.

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