mourning dove (Zenaida macroura)
CONFIRMATION STATUS: Confirmed.
Length: 10.5 inches
Medium-sized, somewhat slender dove with very thin neck
Pale buff-brown head, neck, breast, and belly
Purple and green iridescence on neck
small black mark on lower neck
Medium brown back and upperwings, with large black spots on coverts
Long tail is pointed at tip
Dark brown tail with white tips to outer four tail feathers
Dark brown mottled head neck and breast
Scaly neck and upperwings with numerous black spots on coverts and scapulars
Medium length tail is pointed at tip
Long pointed tail is distinctive for adults, while black spotting on coverts
and pale color help distinguish it from white-winged and white-tipped
doves. Juvenile is easily confused with common ground-dove and Inca
dove, but is longer necked, shows a pointed tail with more white at edges
and lacks cinnamon in primaries.
Migration Status: Short distance migrant
Breeding Habitat: Urban
Nest Location: N/A
Nest Type: N/A
Clutch Size: 2
Length of Incubation: 13-14 days
Days to Fledge: 12-14
Number of Broods: 2-3, occasionally 3-6
Diet: Almost exclusively seeds
SKY MEADOWS DISTRIBUTION/SEASONAL OCCURRENCE
Relative abundance and seasonal occurrence are indicated in red below.
C - Common: Likely to be present in good numbers in appropriate habitat and season.
U - Uncommon: May be present in appropriate habitat and season, often in low
O - Occassional: Found in appropriate habitat perhaps only a few times per season,
sometimes low numbers.
R - Rare: May not be recorded every year.
Acc - Accidental: Recorded once or twice, may not be expected again for a long time.
Sp - Spring: March, April, May C
Su - Summer: June, July, August C
Fall: September, October, November C
Winter: December, January, February C
Crooked Run Valley