Copyright Barbara Samuelson 1998
The Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) is hunted extensively in
some parts of North America, and it is estimated that more than half of
the young birds born each spring do not live beyond their first year.
The sad notes of the bird's song are usually heard just before dawn in
the spring and summer. The Mourning Dove is 11-13", slim, with a small
head and long, tapered tail. It is a soft sandy brown or brownish gray
above, with a few black spots; paler below, sometimes washed with pale
cinnamon; tail feathers tipped with white. It's voice is a low, sad whoo-oo,
hoo, hoo, hoo; the second note rises sharply.