Mourning Doves are well known for their soft cooing song. Mourning Doves are still found in great numbers throughout their habitat, although they are often hunted as game birds.
Even though both male and female Mourning Doves are involved in the nest building process, the nest is usually constructed poorly -- yet it seems to serve its purpose for the incubation and hatching of the eggs.
Appearance of the Mourning Dove
Mourning Doves are well known for their soft cooing song which can often be heard in the quiet of the early morning as well as throughout the day.
Both male and female Mourning Doves reach 9-13 inches in length, weighing between 3 - 6 ounces.
These doves have feathers and bodies of varying shades of gray and brown. Male Mourning Doves tend to have a little more coloring with a pinkish face and chest and a bluish region at the top of their heads.
Geography of the Mourning Dove
Mourning Doves are found throughout North America from southern areas of Canada southward through the United States and into Mexico and even further south into Central America.
Mourning Doves have large population numbers throughout their habitat, although they are often hunted as game birds.
Local Environments of the Mourning Dove
Mourning Doves inhabit urban and suburban areas, agricultural areas and woodland areas, particularly where food can be easily found.
Being ground feeders, Mourning Doves are often spotted underneath bird feeders, eating the seeds that drop from the feeders.
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