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Mourning Dove
(Zenaida macroura)

Mourning Dove
Photo © Don DesJardin

Mourning Dove Information

Length: 12"
Habitat: Open woodlands, forest edges, forest clearings, farmland, orchards, fields, roadsides, parks, residential areas.

Prefers habitat with some open areas for foraging and some trees or shrubs for nesting and roosting.

Diet: Weed seeds, grass seeds, pine seeds, waste grains. Occasionally, snails and insects.

Red-breasted Nuthatch ID TipsIdentification tips for the Mourning Dove
Songs and calls of Mourning Dove
Preferred Bird Feeder Food

Mourning doves favor white millet (not red millet) and cracked corn. They will also eat many other foods, including hulled sunflower seeds, peanut hearts, and oats.

This food should be scattered on the ground or placed on a platform feeder. If you have many House Sparrows or Cowbirds, it might be better to use other options, as those two species are attracted by white millet.
Range Maps:
(Click map to enlarge.)
Mourning Dove Breeding Map Mourning Dove Winter Map      USGS
Breeding Map          Winter Map (CBC)      
Additional photos and information:
Mourning Dove
Facts about the habitat, diet, feeding behavior, nesting, and migration of this bird. Includes photos, range map and sounds. (From Audubon Field Guide)
  More Winter Feeder Birds     





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