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Mourning Dove
Zenaida macroura

Doves
Dove Family (Columbidae)

Size: Length: 28-33 cm

Description: Occasionally nesting in the Rockies, the mourning dove may be heard before it is seen. Its call is the typical cooing call associated with doves. The are largely olive-brown in colour. The crown and nape are grayish, as is the bill. There is also a gray eye-ring. Along the lower part of the cheek is a small dark patch. The belly is lighter, almost yellow. The feet are orange. The tail is long and tapering with white outer feathers. In flight, the wings appear darker than the rest of the body. They nest singly or in colonies, building a platform of twigs well hidden within the branches of a conifer. They may nest on the ground, or even adopt an abandoned nest of another species. The eggs hatch after only 13-16 days. They feed on the ground, pecking for seeds, berries and insects, especially near agricultural areas and bird feeders.

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