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Danville, KY 40422, USA




Why Does This Mourning Dove Have Tufts Of Feathers Sticking Out Of It’s Head And Back?

15 responses to “Why does this Mourning Dove have tufts of feathers sticking out of it’s head and back?”

  1. Coco Quinn says:

    It’s a mutation in the same gene, EphB2 which has led to a similar result in domesticated ringneck doves.The mutation causes the feathers on the back of the head and neck to grow up toward the head in a striking look.

  2. Coco Quinn says:

    Hope this helps!

  3. Micah Grove says:

    Wow how do you find this info?!

  4. HeartForNature says:

    Yes, it does. Thx so much!

  5. HeartForNature says:

    I’m going to name it Katriel. (Crown)

  6. Coco Quinn says:

    Beautiful name! Your welcome!

  7. Coco Quinn says:

    Micah Grove. LOTS of Research, I’m glad y’all find it helpful! If you ever have any questions feel free to ask me! I’m here to help whenever i can!

  8. Marlene says:

    Thank you. Mystery solved. Very helpful. Such cute little birds.

    Are ring necked dove bred for a speafic reason?

  9. Texas Bird Family says:

    Saw a female Mallard with a big brown bump on her. What causes that?

  10. Texas Bird Family says:

    Saw a female Mallard with a big brown bump on her back. What causes that?

  11. Texas Bird Family says:

    Are Ring-Necked doves the same as Eurasian collared Doves?

  12. Anthony Ricciardi says:

    In pigeons its called a cap

  13. Lola Cimmino says:

    Hello, I have been watching a mature mourning dove that has a bunch of feathers sticking out of its mouth. I wasn’t sure if it was a deformity or a beak break that healed and caused this. Has anyone seen this? It’s healthy otherwise, so it looks like its been eating. I was hoping this post would have something about it. If someone has seen this please let me know the chances of the dove making it with this type of mouth deformity and being able to continue to eat. Thank you!

    • Holly Grant, NestWatch Staff says:

      Hi Lola, Thanks for reaching out. This might be a better question for Project FeederWatch ( That said, as long as the bird can eat and get around okay, it probably has a similar survival rate as other doves.

  14. Ron Harrington says:

    I observed a mourning dove yesterday at my feeders with a tufted head. First for me.

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