Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)

The Mourning Dove is a bird of order Columbiformes, Pigeon or Dove Family (Columbidae), genus Zenaida and species macroura. It grows to a foot (30cm) long. The body is a tan color. Its long, pointed tail has a white border. The species name, macroura, means long-tailed in English. The Mourning Dove builds a nest of sticks and twigs usually in trees. The female normally lays two white eggs. Its name comes from the low, mournful cooing noise it makes. Mourning Doves travel in flocks and can be found in the area of French Hill Pond year round. The author counted more than twenty Mourning Doves perched in a spruce tree one bright winter day. This common bird is often hunted but not on Mount Desert Island where it thrives.

 

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