PLEASE! If you see any mistakes, I'm 100% sure that I have wrongly identified some birds.
So please let me know on my guestbook at the bottom of the page
Birdwatching in North America - Mourning Dove, Zenaida macroura, American Mourning Dove, Rain Dove, Turtle Dove


The mourning dove (Zenaida macroura) is a member of the dove family, Columbidae. The bird is also known as the American mourning dove, the rain dove, and colloquially as the turtle dove, and it was once known as the Carolina pigeon and Carolina turtledove.

It is one of the most abundant and widespread of all North American birds and a popular gamebird, with more than 20 million birds (up to 70 million in some years) shot annually in the U.S., both for sport and meat. Its ability to sustain its population under such pressure is due to its prolific breeding; in warm areas, one pair may raise up to six broods of two young each in a single year.

The wings make an unusual whistling sound upon take-off and landing, a form of sonation. The bird is a strong flier, capable of speeds up to 88 km/h.

Mourning doves are light gray and brown and generally muted in color. Males and females are similar in appearance. The species is generally monogamous, with two squabs (young) per brood. Both parents incubate and care for the young. Mourning doves eat almost exclusively seeds, but the young are fed crop milk by their parents.

I'm out on a birding tour


I will attend to this page as soon as I am back home again.
So please come back in June/ July 2023




Range map from www.oiseaux.net

Range map
Range map from www.oiseaux.net - Ornithological Portal Oiseaux.net
www.oiseaux.net is one of those MUST visit pages if you're in to bird watching. You can find just about everything there




Length:
Wingspan:
Weight:
Longevity:
Distinctive Feature

Similar Species



From opus at www.birdforum.net the forum for wild birds and birding.
Female / Male



From opus at www.birdforum.net the forum for wild birds and birding.




Conservation status
Conservation status
Least Concern (IUCN 3.1)



From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

www.birdforum.net


Sighted: (Date of first photo that I could use) 30 March 2023
Location: eBird hotspot: Big Pine Key--Blue Hole


Mourning Dove, Zenaida macroura, American Mourning Dove, Rain Dove, Turtle Dove
Mourning Dove
30 March 2023 - eBird hotspot: Big Pine Key--Blue Hole

Mourning Dove, Zenaida macroura, American Mourning Dove, Rain Dove, Turtle Dove
Mourning Dove
30 March 2023 - eBird hotspot: Big Pine Key--Blue Hole

Mourning Dove, Zenaida macroura, American Mourning Dove, Rain Dove, Turtle Dove
Mourning Dove
30 March 2023 - eBird hotspot: Fort Zachary Taylor Historic SP, Key West, USA




PLEASE! If I have made any mistakes identifying any bird, PLEASE let me know on my guestbook



       
                  



                                       

You are visitor no.
To www.aladdin.st since December 2005

Visitors from different countries since 26th of September 2011