Mourning Dove

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Common Name: Mourning Dove
Scientific Name: Zenaida macroura

Size: 9-13 inches (23-34 cm)

Habitat: Throughout North America. Found in variety of open habitats, including agricultural areas, open woods, deserts, forest edges, cities and suburbs.

Status: Least Concern. Global Population: 130,000,000 mature Individuals. Abundant and widespread

Diet: Seeds

Breeding: During nest-building, the female stays at the nest and the male collects the materials. She takes the materials and weaves it into the nest. Some believe that's why the mourning nests are so poorly built is because the male stands on the female’s back while handing her the materials. Doves lay two eggs; clutches of three or four are the result of more than one female laying in the nest. A dove may have up to five or six clutches in a single year.

A mourning dove pair rarely leaves its eggs unattended. The male usually incubates from midmorning until late afternoon, and the female sits the rest of the day and night.

Cool Facts: The mourning dove is the most widespread and abundant game bird in North America. Despite being hunted throughout most of its range, it remains among the 10 most populous birds in the United States.

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