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Mourning Dove

Mourning dove

Mourning dove

The Mourning dove, scientific name Zenaida macroura is a common bird closely related to the pigeon (or Rock dove) and is found all throughout the United States. They are medium sized birds ranging from 9 to 13 inches in length and has an average wingspan of about 16 inches.

When Mourning doves nest the female waits at the nesting site while the male gathers various sticks and twigs. When the male returns, he stands on the female’s back and passes her the materials. The female dove then weaves the nest. Mourning dove nests are very poorly built. The female dove almost invariably lays 2 eggs. The parents share incubation responsibility: The male dove will watch over and incubate the eggs from mid-morning into the late afternoon and the female will assume her duty for the rest of the day and all through the night.

The Mourning dove lives all across the United States year-round though some doves have been known to spend their summers in Canada and winter in Central America.

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