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About the Mourning Dove

Also known as: American Mourning Dove, Carolina Dove, Common Dove

The Mourning Dove is a species of dove that is widespread over North America. They have a muted plumage of grey and brown feathers. Mourning Doves are named for their familiar, sad-sounding call, "ooh ooh ooh."

Mourning Doves can be found in a wide variety of North American habitats, from field to desert to suburbia and urban areas.

Mourning Doves are extremely abundant, able to breed up to six times a year with a clutch size of two eggs incubated in a flimsy nest typical of most dove species.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 16 July 2010
Scientific Name Zenaida macroura
  • Columbiformes
  • Columbidae
  • Zenaida
  • Z. macroura
Birdorable Family Pigeons & Doves
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 26 September 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
12 inches
18 inches
4 to 6 ounces
Range North America Central America Caribbean United States (West) United States (East)

International Names

  • hrdlička karolinská (Czech)
  • Sørgedue (Danish)
  • Treurduif (Dutch)
  • vaikertajakyyhky (Finnish)
  • Tourterelle triste (French)
  • Carolinataube (German)
  • Tortora lamentosa americana (Italian)
  • ナゲキバト (nagekibato) (Japanese)
  • Sørgedue (Norwegian)
  • golebiak karolinski (Polish)
  • Плачущая горлица (Russian)
  • Zenaida Huilota (Spanish)
  • Spetsstjärtad duva (Swedish)

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For 18 days we're adding a new Birdorable bird every day as part of our Birdorable Bonanza 2010. Today's bird is the Mourning Dove! Mourning Doves are widespread across North America, one ... more