Feeding Mourning Dove

Mourning Dove

Mourning Dove

The mourning dove’s  (Zenaida macroura) diet consists almost exclusively of seeds, which they forage off of the ground. Mourning doves store the seeds they consume in their crop (enlargement of the esophagus), perching and digesting their meal once the crop is filled. I love their “mournful” call. This mourning dove was photographed in a friend’s yard near County Road 91 (Modoc County CA).


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3 Responses to Feeding Mourning Dove

  1. Maria F. says:

    We in the caribbean have a Zenaida Dove (Zenaida aurita) but it’s smaller and its call is a bit faster than the American big Zenaida. Here’s the post I wrote:
    Their tail is shorter also.

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