Pigeon Like

Mourning Dove

Zenaida macroura
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Length: 12 in. (30 cm )
Using a wide range of habitats from desert floor to forest edge and suburbs, the Mourning Dove is the most ubiquitous of North American doves. They feed on the ground looking for seeds. The nest is often haphazardly constructed with a few loosely fitted twigs and placed anywhere from the ground to horizontal tee branches. A single pair can have up to 6 broods in a year. The Mourning Dove is a major game bird in some parts of its range.

The four-digit banding code is MODO.




Riparian / River forest


Urban city
Bird Sound Type: Buzzing
Sex of Bird: Male
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Bibliographic details:

  • Article: Mourning Dove
  • Author(s): Dr. Biology
  • Publisher: Arizona State University School of Life Sciences Ask A Biologist
  • Site name: ASU - Ask A Biologist
  • Date published: July 13, 2017
  • Date accessed: March 22, 2018
  • Link: https://askabiologist.asu.edu/activities/bird/mourning-dove

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Dr. Biology. (2017, July 13). Mourning Dove. ASU - Ask A Biologist. Retrieved March 22, 2018 from https://askabiologist.asu.edu/activities/bird/mourning-dove

American Psychological Association. For more info, see http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/10/

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Dr. Biology. "Mourning Dove". ASU - Ask A Biologist. 13 July, 2017. https://askabiologist.asu.edu/activities/bird/mourning-dove

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Dr. Biology. "Mourning Dove". ASU - Ask A Biologist. 13 Jul 2017. ASU - Ask A Biologist, Web. 22 Mar 2018. https://askabiologist.asu.edu/activities/bird/mourning-dove

Modern Language Association, 7th Ed. For more info, see http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/08/
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