North Louisiana Wildlife

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Mourning dove looking around from its perch on a tree branch

Did you know that mourning doves stock up on their food in an enlarged part of their esophagi? 

Mourning Doves
a Glance

Mourning dove looking from a branch

Key Features:

Mourning doves are gray with black spots on their wings. They have peach underparts.

Least Concern - Population Increasing


Open forests, grasslands

nesting habits:

Mourning doves nest on branches, vines, gutters, eaves, or the ground. They make their nests out of grass, leaves, pine needles, and stems.

seasons mourning doves are active in our area:

All year


Seeds, berries, grass, grains, herbs, peanuts, weeds

hunting Behavior:

Mourning doves forage on the ground.

commonly confused with:

Eurasian collared-doves, rock pigeons

Eurasian collared-dove on a power line

Mourning doves are often confused with Eurasian collared-doves because they are both gray.

Eurasian collared dove hidden in a tree

Mourning doves have pointy tails.  Eurasian collared-doves have black collars around their necks.

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