Bonanza Bird #10: The Mourning Dove

Birdorable Mourning Dove

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 of the most abundant birds on the continent. They are ground feeders, feasting on seeds and storing extra food in their crop for later digestion. Mourning Doves are common backyard feeder birds who will often spend hours pecking at seeds while remaining relatively still. Believe it or not, Mourning Doves consume up to 20% of their body weight every day. So that's how they maintain their pleasantly plump profile!

Mourning Dove...up close and personal
Mourning Dove by Joanne-V

Tomorrow's bird is a small green bird that's widespread throughout Europe, north Africa and south-west Asia. Can you guess what it is?


dominic morrell on July 16, 2010 at 9:53 AM wrote:
greenfinch! I went to england june, and saw a few greenfinches! threy're so colourful!
Ashira on July 16, 2010 at 12:19 PM wrote:
How lovely. : D Yours look just like the real thing, as usual! I'm going to guess tomorrow's bird is the Greenfinch. European Greenfinch, is it?
dominic morrell on July 16, 2010 at 1:35 PM wrote:
whoops! i didn't krow there was more than one. I meant european.
Louise Warner on February 28, 2017 at 6:40 PM wrote:
European greenfinch!
Spurwing Plover on May 30, 2022 at 6:39 PM wrote:
I hear they have Laughing Doves as well

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