The Mourning Dove

The doves that visit our yard are actually Mourning doves (Zenaida macroura). In Jamaica we also call them ground doves.dove

I always thought these doves were called Mourning doves because of their sad mourn when one of them loses its mate. I thought they mated for life, but this is not so.

The Mourning dove will mate with one partner until death, after which the surviving dove will find a new mate. Their sad-sounding coo is actually their call when they begin nesting and raising their young.

Mourning doveThe Mourning dove usually spends it time walking around our yard and then flying off when disturbed. They often swallow grit such as fine gravel or sand to assist with their digestion.


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