MOURNING DOVE

MOURNING DOVE (Zenaida macroura)

Doves belong to the same family as pigeons, and walk the same way on the ground, with the head moving at every step. The mourning dove owes its name to its plaintive song (from males to attract females). It will inflate air before starting, which will give its throat a small balloon shape (see video below). Mourning doves will often call from the ridge of a house roof mid-day during the summer or from an electrical wire. They are well adapted to urban environments and are year-round residents in PEI. They are attracted to bird feeders, and forage for seeds on the ground. They are almost exclusively seed eaters. A whistling sound (from their feathers) can be heard when they land or take off. Mourning doves are generally brown with a dark spot below the eye, and the sexes are similar. When perched, their tail has a V shape, and the tail outer feathers are white.

Mourning Dove - Apr. 19, 2014 - © Wanda Bailey
Mourning Dove – Apr. 19, 2014 – © Wanda Bailey
Mourning dove feeding on sunflower seeds - PEI, March 4 2014
Mourning dove feeding on sunflower seeds – PEI, March 4 2014
Mourning Dove - Summerside Trail, PEI - Feb. 28, 2018
Mourning Dove – Summerside Trail, PEI – Feb. 28, 2018 – Roberta Palmer

The first video shows a mourning dove bathing, and in doing so spreading out and up its wings one at a time.

The next video shows a mourning dove ‘mourning’ from the ridge of a roof.

BACK TO THE TOP