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Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
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Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
Notice round spots on wings

General Description: Mourning Doves (Zenaida macroura) are medium sized doves with a plain gray or brownish appearance and black spots on the wings. The tail is pointed, and the outer tail feathers are white. Up close, they have a delicate blue eyering.

Taxonomy: Columbiformes, Columbidae.

Favored Habitat: Everything from urban areas and desert scrub. These are hard-core desert birds.

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
Eurasian Collared-Dove, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove

Where to Find: Urban parks, lawns, bird feeders, the Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve, and dry desert scrub.

Comments: Given enough seed at a feeder, Mourning Doves can become quite abundant and a bit of a pest. When people go "dove hunting," this is the bird they are after.

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) If you were a tasty little seed, this might be the last face you ever see!
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
Note round spots on wings and back
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
Splayed tail shows banding pattern
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
Adult; note delicate, powder-blue eyering
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
Adult; notice pale brown color
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
Note short, white tail feathers during molt
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
Note short, white tail feathers during molt
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
Note short tail during molt
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
Short tail during molt
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) juvenile
Juvenile; note white margins on feathers and fuzzy head
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
Notice the leg band

Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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