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Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)


Photo © Debbie McKenzie

Mourning Dove eggs

Photo © René Corado

Mourning Dove nest

Photo © René Corado

Adult

Photo © Ryan Schain | Macaulay Library

Adult

Photo © Nancy Christensen | Macaulay Library

Juvenile

Photo © Joseph Boros | Macaulay Library

Adult

Photo © Tyler Ficker | Macaulay Library

Adult

Photo © Jay McGowan | Macaulay Library

Adult

Photo © Lewis Ulrey | Macaulay Library

Song (Mainland)

© William R. Fish | Macaulay Library

Song (Mainland)

© Bob McGuire | Macaulay Library

Wing sounds (Mainland)

© Virginia Huber | Macaulay Library

Song (Caribbean)

© Mark Robbins | Macaulay Library

When To Look

Source: Birds of North America Online

Where To Find It

Habitats

forest

grassland

open woodland

town

Substrates

ground

Live Tree Branch

Vine or Tangle

In/On Building

What You'll Find

Nest Type

platform

Chick

Altricial

Clutch Size

1
2

Nest Height

250 ft
0 ft

Nesting Statistics

Incubation Period

14
days

Brooding Period

13-15
days

Useful Hints

  • Members of a pair preen each other with gentle nibbles around the neck as a pair-bonding ritual. Eventually, the pair will progress to grasping beaks and bobbing their heads up and down in unison.
  • Mourning Doves sometimes reuse their own or other species’ nests.
  • Mourning Doves commonly build nests in hanging flower pots or other man-made structures.