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Mourning Dove - Zenaida macroura

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Size: 11-13"

This is a slim bird with a small head and long, tapered tail. Brown or
brownish gray above, paler below. White tips on tail.

Voice: a mournful "whoo-oo, hoo, hoo, hoo"

Range: Breeds throughout the United States and into southern Canada. Winters as far north as Maine and Washington.

The Mourning Dove is one of the most common birds in the United States. They are often at our feeders. In fact there are often so many at our feeders there's hardly room for a tiny chickadee to fit in. Though not one of our favorite species, the sound of the Mourning Dove usually brings back happy childhood memories. Did anyone else's Granny call them "Rain Crows"?

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