Bird of the Month Mourning Dove

Bird of the Month Mourning Dove

A graceful, slender-tailed, small-headed dove that’s a common sight in Eastern NC. Mourning Doves perch on telephone wires and forage for seeds on the ground; their flight is fast and bullet straight. Their soft, drawn-out calls sound like laments. When taking off, their wings make a sharp whistling or whinnying.
A ground feeder, Mourning Doves forage for seeds and grit.  They are especially fond of millet and can often be seen underneath backyard feeders.  Seeds make up 99 percent of a Mourning Dove’s diet, including cultivated grains and even peanuts, as well as wild grasses, weeds, herbs, and occasionally berries. They sometimes eat snails. Mourning Doves eat roughly 12 to 20 percent of their body weight per day, or 71 calories on average.
Mourning Doves build their nests of pine straw, twigs and grass in trees and usually raise two eggs per brood but will have 1-6 broods per season.
adapted from  http://www.allaboutbirds.org
 
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