Mourning Dove

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.

 
Facts
Food Preferences
Nesting

Nesting Habits of the Mourning Dove

The nest is usually poorly constructed, although both sexes of the Mourning Dove are involved in making it – the male gathers the twigs, grass and pine needles and takes it to the female who stays on the nest while she is building it. These nests can be found in trees or even in hanging plants.

The female lays 2 white eggs in the nest, but then both she and her partner take turns incubating the eggs for 14 days. The fledgling Mourning Doves leave the nest in about 15 days after hatching.

 

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