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Bird Sounds: Mourning Dove

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Houston, TX My neighborhood

By Christine Spangler on March 15

Houston, TX My neighborhood has many established pairs each year. Along with the cardinals and bluejays it can be quite beautifully cacaufunous (sp) at times. But all go quiet when a hawk passes overhead!

March 13/2015 I heard a

By Lucie on March 14

March 13/2015

I heard a dove singing in the night time . I live in Capreol Ontario

I live in NJ. Not only do I

By Joan Senerchia

I live in NJ. Not only do I hear them, I see them. I feed them. I've watched them mating and then hanging out together like an old married couple.

Yes, I have heard the

By Darlene Ford

Yes, I have heard the mourning dove...Sweet! First I thought as did Victoria C.who commented on 4-27-14, that it was an owl and I felt uneasy. Someone mentioned, it could be a mourning dove so I got on this site and I love it. Finally, I saw two doves just walking down our driveway, it was so cute,, I feel it was the male dancing all around her! We do feed a lot of birds! I live in Ft. Gibson, Okla. (Oldest town in OK.)

quite common here in aptos,

By rich slack

quite common here in aptos, ca.
I use my cupped hands, blowing thru my thumbs to immitate.
opening of index finger can vary the tone.

I have two newborn doves in a

By Lisa spring

I have two newborn doves in a nest on top of a cabinet! It is so exciting! They are rather big already and the daytime babysitter allows us to get about a foot away from it. Luv their sounds and they stay all year round northwest nj

The sound of Mourning Dove

By Victoria C.

The sound of Mourning Dove scarred me first. Couple of days ago early morning about 4 am I woke up for his voice. First I thought that's an owl and I was afraid there will happen something wrong in my family. I am from Europe and there is a tradition in some country, if an owl coming to your house at night or early morning then there will be someone dead soon. I called my Mom and my kids but they were ok. Now I wanted to know what bird has this sound and I found this great site. Thank you. Now I am ok I know that is not an owl but still scary because of his name (Mourning). I am living North of Minneapolis, MN. I love birds and their songs but not this one. Hope they will move from here soon.

Hear them in my back yard

By Obie Gonzalez

Hear them in my back yard near Dallas.

So glad I found this call! I

By RachelB2

So glad I found this call! I heard this bird throughout my childhood in Santa Monica, California in the 80s—the call is so strongly associated with my childhood years and lazy summer days. I recently moved to Northern California and hear this bird's call regularly here, too, which I love. I've been trying to figure out what bird it is and am happy to finally have an answer!

Lake Havasu City, AZ We have

By Kris Elbert

Lake Havasu City, AZ
We have doves often and on all day and every day. The last couple of days we've been matching a pair of doves with the male doing the mating call and dance. Fascinating!

Gainesville, VA - we have a

By JC2

Gainesville, VA - we have a morning dove who makes her nest under our deck each year. She was perched on the ledge of our deck earlier this week singing her beautiful call. I enjoyed watching her.

The Mourning Doves frequent

By Trisha MacIntyre

The Mourning Doves frequent my yard & feeders, I'm a little west of Boston, MA, my husband keeps telling me he hears an, I had to play the doves coo for him, he was astounder how much they sound like an owl. I also have many Cardinals as well, they love the Safflower seeds.

Here in Dracut, MA we hear

By William Grisé

Here in Dracut, MA we hear them all the time, and we even hear them up in the White Mountains in New Hampshire!

so glad i finally found out

By ianr

so glad i finally found out what bird this was i recently made a song incorporating the haunting notes of the mourning dove. great site!

we have been waking this song

By Mark Raine

we have been waking this song for weeks now. I do not remember hearing them before. Tisdale Saskatchewan

I hear a mourning dove every

By Rhonda Riffle

I hear a mourning dove every day now in our back yard here in Georgetown KY. I thought they were owls until I actually saw the bird that was making the sound.

I watch the doves all the

By Christina Newman

I watch the doves all the time, since I feed them.Every evening I feed before I go out they are lined up across the street on the highline wires. After I throw the feed they all come down to eat, sometimes there are as many as 50 doves, it is a wonderful thing to watch how they fly in, eat a bit then fly out.. I have two black ring doves who come every evening, they make a much different sound than the regular doves..The cooing sound comes from the regular doves you can see them when they are making the sound.. I love watching them it is so peaceful watching them...

I have never seen one, but we

By thomas 939

I have never seen one, but we hear them constantly in our neighborhood in Cottonwood Heights, Utah. It's such a mellow peaceful sound. I'll keep looking for them.

Morning Dove(s) present in

By Don Marsh 2

Morning Dove(s) present in our area. Olympia, WA near Puget sound (two blocks) and the Nisqually River. They stop by around the ground below our feeders on occasion and we are wondering how to feed them more in a way that would invite them more.

We have several at our feeder

By Patrick Cline

We have several at our feeder every morning here in southern WV.

I was visiting in

By regina vinson

I was visiting in huntsvile,al when we heard one,we thought it was saying who,who.

April 2012, we have a pair

By New Mexico Native

April 2012, we have a pair (Sandia Park, New Mexico), it is 3:16 a.m., what prompts them to coo?
I love their sound, but was surprised to hear them in the middle of the night..maybe the light in the house that prompts them ? They are beautiful and we have water out for all the birds.

The perch-coo is from an

By Almanac Staff

The perch-coo is from an unmated male and signals the beginning of courting. Yes, they will coo at night. Also, sometimes you'll hear paired males give the three-parted “nest call” (co-OO-oo) while nest-building. On the nest, the male does a daytime shift and the female does the night shift.

very morning we have a pair

By linda bouchard

very morning we have a pair of morning doves sittling on the fence in front of my house. They nest every year in the thicket of the short pine trees. I love to hear them sing from spring to fall.

I hear them a lot and then

By frost11

I hear them a lot and then one of them made a very strange call that I never heard before and the call added a 4th hoo at the end

I see a lot Mourning Doves at

By Kyle

I see a lot Mourning Doves at my house! Like one time, I was taking my dog out and I saw one on the roof of my house.

I live in Wilmington, N.C.

By Ben Caudell

I live in Wilmington, N.C. and the first time I heard this I thought it was an owl until I was up close to one and heard the same coo.


By Big Deb


Also here in Oklahoma

By sharon99

Also here in Oklahoma (northeastern), we have 2 pair of these and a pair of the Eurasian Dove (they have a black ring almost completely around their neck). They walk around under the bird feeders looking for the seeds and my husband has a spot on the ground where he sprinkles some for them since they seem to be ground feeders.

Doves come to the feeders but

By Evelyn Hays

Doves come to the feeders but eat on the ground. Other birds kick seeds out and it looks intentional. I've heard the sound is the male mating call. Is that true? I live in Southeastern Kentucky.

I found a "just hatched" dove

By Anonymous Sherrel

I found a "just hatched" dove 3 months ago (I had no ideal what it was). As time has gone by, I have listened to it develop it's vocals. Recently, it started this "song" and I have fallen in love with it. I have done alot of reading and what I have learned just from this new "song" is, I HAVE A MALE BIRD, and, since he is not mated, that is the call they make. I, like you, have yet to find out if this is a mating call. Although, from what I have read, he may be a bit too young to mate (not that I have intentions to do so). I have been trying to find someone to talk to back and forth about what I have learned since I found this little guy, with no luck.
NorthEast Kentucky

The mourning doves are here

By duchess54

The mourning doves are here in pairs. So peaceful.

Occasionally here in

By Sunnybekka

Occasionally here in Northeast PA, I hear them in the morning. I have always loved hearing their voices, one of my favorite.

Mourning doves frequent our

By birdsbythebay

Mourning doves frequent our bird feeder here on Trinity Bay. We are located on the Gulf Coast in Texas and have enjoyed their feeding habits.

These birds are in abundance

By woodnymph

These birds are in abundance here in rural Dobson, North Carolina. We observe them almost every morning as we are having our breakfast. They are on the ground, right below the birdfeeders, and also walking among the flowers, always searching for that one special morsel of seed.

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