Mourning Dove

Zenaida macroura

Mourning Dove photo

The Mourning Dove is a medium-sized bird in the pigeon family. It is often seen in groups foraging on the ground and has a distinctive soft cooing sound. Its gentle grey-brown color looks infused with purplish taupe hues in the shade at times, to give the bird a dignified calming presence.

Appearance: Soft brown all over, wings with black spots and white tips, rounded head, slender neck

Size: Large Songbird Size (10-13 inches)

Diet: Seeds, grain, peanuts, berries, weeds

Habitat: Urban/Suburban Areas, Grasslands, Mountains, Coastal Areas, Deserts, Swamps and Marshes, Freshwater Bodies

Range: All North America, Caribbean and some Central America