Mourning Dove

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Mourning Dove

photo by: Dave Hillstad

Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura

Family Columbidae (Pigeons, doves):

Mourning Doves have relatively small heads & bills & short legs. All are direct straight fliers and feed mainly on grains, seeds, & fruits. All give low “cooing” calls.

Habitat: common & widespread in suburban & agricultural lands with a mix of open ground & brushy cover. Usually in small groups. Often on overhead wires or on lawns. Year-round resident in WA.


  • Adult: black spot below eye
  • Back spots on upper wing
  • Small head
  • Long tapered tail; Tail feathers have white tips
  • Wings narrow & pointed: whistle on takeoff

Food: seeds and grains. Often forages on the ground.

Call: a mournful hooting