Mourning Dove: Medium-sized dove with gray-brown upperparts and pink-brown underparts. Eyes are dark with a small, black spot beneath. Bill is dark. Wings are gray-brown with black spots and dark primaries. Tail is long and pointed with black-edged white tips on outer feathers. Male has a pale blue tinted crown and a pink washed chest, shows some iridescence on neck. Female is duller. Juvenile has heavy spotting and scaled effect on wings.
Range and Habitat
Mourning Dove: Breeds from southeastern Alaska, southern Saskatchewan, Ontario, Quebec, and New Brunswick southward to Mexico, Panama, and the West Indies. Spends winters from the northern U.S. through southern Mexico. Its preferred habitats include open fields, parks, and lawns with many trees and shrubs.
Breeding and Nesting
Mourning Dove: Two white eggs are laid in a loosely made nest made of sticks and twigs built in a low bush or tree, or sometimes on the ground. Eggs are incubated for 14 days by both parents.
Foraging and Feeding
Mourning Dove: Eats seeds, waste grain, fruits, and insects. Usually forages on the ground, but occasionally in trees and shrubs.
Cracked Corn, Sunflower Seed, Nuts, Milo, Thistle
Mourning Dove: Emits a low, mournful "coo-ah, coo, coo, coo."
Mourning Dove: Eurasian-collared Dove has a long, rounded neck and a black collar. White-winged Dove has large white wing patches and shorter, squared tail.