Portrait of a mourning dove

We see doves nearly every day in our yard

Here is another one of our welcomed friendly backyard visitors. The mourning dove is in the same taxonomic family as pigeons. It is one of the most common North American  birds. Doves have very sad and mournful calls, and have been compared to the cries of owls. Doves also make a very characteristic pulsing sound as they fly. Amongst agricultural societies this bird is known as “the rain crow” due to the legend that the calls of doves warn of the impending arrival of rain.

10 thoughts on “Portrait of a mourning dove

  1. I love these doves. We have lots of them here they poke about in the grass at the bottom of our Bird feeder. The other birds always drop seeds and the doves get them. also in summer we have a bird bath and they can have a drink from it.

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