Mourning Dove

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.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 16 July 2010
Scientific Name
Zenaida macroura
  • Columbiformes
  • Columbidae
  • Zenaida
  • Z. macroura
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 5 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
12 inches
18 inches
4 to 6 ounces


International Names

Czech (Cesky) hrdlička karolinská
Danish (Dansk) Sørgedue
Dutch (Nederlands) Treurduif
Finnish (Suomi) vaikertajakyyhky
French (Français) Tourterelle triste
German (Deutsch) Carolinataube
Italian (Italiano) Tortora lamentosa americana
Japanese (日本語) ナゲキバト (nagekibato)
Norwegian (Norsk) Sørgedue
Polish (Polski) golebiak karolinski
Russian (русский язык) Плачущая горлица
Spanish (Español) Zenaida Huilota
Swedish (Svenska) Spetsstjärtad duva
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