Mourning Dove

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Settling in for the night. Fluffed up for a cold night.
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The Mourning Dove is a medium sized bird up to 12" long that is found through the United States and southern Canada. It has short legs and often flies irregularly. It will eat at a bird seed feeder, but is shy and difficult to photograph. In my observation it's color is shades of gray with distinctive black spots that seem to be pretty universal. Some bird books speak of the males showing pink and greenish colors, but I have yet to see one here with either a pink or green cast. They are a migratory bird but do not universally migrate.

The bird is also known as the Turtle Dove, American Mourning Dove or the Rain Dove, and was once known as the Carolina Pigeon or Carolina Turtledove, and is a small game bird. They reproduce proflicly but also suffer from high mortality with a pair often producing half a dozen broods a season.

Additional information: see Wikpedia - Mourning Dove

- - Updated 4/24/2016
- - Updated 4/4/2017