Mourning Dove


(Zenaida macroura)

The familiar Mourning Dove is the most common North American dove, and is widespread all across the continent. It gets its name not from a time of day, but from its doleful cooing call.  It is often seen on the ground under feeders and since it is plumper and less agile than other birds, it is a favorite target for Sharp-shinned and Cooper’s Hawks.

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