mourning dove


mourning dove
a dove, Zenaidura macroura, of North America, noted for its plaintive cooing.
[1825-35, Amer.]

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Species (Zenaida macroura) of pigeon (family Columbidae), the common wild pigeon of North America.

They have long, pointed tails, and the sides of the neck are violet and pink. Their name comes from their call's haunting, mournful tone. Mourning doves are migratory; the northernmost populations migrate the farthest south. They are popular game birds. See also dove.

Mourning dove (Zenaida macroura)

Alvin E. Staffan
The National Audubon Society Collection/Photo Researchers

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bird
 (Zenaida macroura), a member of the pigeon order Columbiformes, the common wild pigeon of North America having a long pointed tail and violet and pink on the sides of the neck. This game bird may live up to 16 years in captivity; however, most mourning doves live only 4 or 5 years in the wild. First-year mortality is about 80 percent. These doves migrate south in the winter; the most northward-living ones migrate the farthest south.

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