Bird Sounds: Mourning Dove

Mourning Dove Calls

Bird Sounds and Songs-Mourning Dove-US Fish and Wildlife via Wikimedia Commons

A mourning dove rests on a warm rock.

Photo by US Fish and Wildlife via Wikimedia Commons

Here you can identify the sounds and bird song of the Mourning Dove. Compliments of The Macaulay Library at The Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

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Mourning Dove Sounds

We live in Vinton (Roanoke) Virginia and we can hear the sounds of a mourning dove every day, at any time of the day or night. Wasn't actually sure what it was until we googled it and now we know!

Heard one 6/10/2018

We live in Dighton, MA and have at least two in our back yard.

Mourning Dove

I live in south eastern Kentucky and have just been listening to the peaceful but lonesome sound of the Mourning Dove. I live in a semi secluded area where I consider myself lucky to see and hear alot of wonderful wildlife

Mourning doves

I have bird feeders in my yard. I use a flat dish feeder on my porch. The doves are mostly ground feeders and flock to my porch within minutes of me filling the plate. I like their courting behaviors and the way the males puff themselves up to lure females. They bill and coo all over my yard. I have several that roost in the dogwood trees as well. Love these little creatures of the prarie. West Frankfort Illinois......

The most irritating bird sound ever

These birds are cute but I wish they'd stop nesting outside my window. I get woken up every morning by their hollering and it's now one of the few noises that will send me into an instant rage. And they're so noisy when they fly too. Never been so annoyed by a bird in my life.

Life's too short to rage over

Life's too short to rage over the call of a bird that symbolizes peace.

Morning Dove

I hear this at work in the wee hours of the morning in Summersville WV

Morning Doves, Living Like "Snowbirds" in Sunny SoFla!

Morning Doves, Living Like "Snowbirds" in Sunny SoFla! #LOL We have lived her for 24years. We are in an Rural Ranch Area way west not far from The Everglades. We have doves by the dozens. I love the sound of the cooing. It is very calming and tranquil. However they are not the only Birds...We are on a migratory path for many birds of North America. As well as many water birds. Great blue Herron , Ibis, Wood Storks, many different ducks, peacocks, hawks, wild parrots. The list goes on. Different times of the year we have had entire flocks of birds land on our property, they eat the berries out of the Native trees that were here when we built. We are on acreage. So many all at once the ground looks like it's boiling. Who knows they could have been coming threw for generations. This area use to be sod farms and plotted in 1902. Old for South Florida... The birds are a plenty now, so I thought, but Old timers of the area, have mentioned there were so many birds they'd darken the sky when a flock would fly over. I worry about the Morning Doves because there are lots of ferrial cats around, and raccoons as well. And I won't even get started on the lizards, pythons, snakes, gators and iguanas taking over...

Morning doves

I live in southeastern ky. I have an apple orchard that these doves live in. They bring joy to me listening to them everyday

Mourning Dove

Every morning I hear the mourning dove call, here in Lancaster, PA!

Mourning doves

I live in western Kansas and these birds are so prevalent here they drive me nuts.
Their constant repetitive cooing (wailing) in the mornings deprive everyone of a
full night's sleep. Not only that but they use my wooden mailbox and the railing
on my wooden deck as their private bathrooms. I do love most birds but these
I could do without.

Every evening

We have them, live in suburbs of KCMO close to the outskirts of town, borderline farmland. They sing in the evenings. Reminds me of my childhood, then they would sing in the evening also. We have owls too. I love hearing them. It doesn't mean anything superstitious. I know why the owls are in my yard- lots of voles and moles tearing up my garden! Go owl go! Get those pesky critters!

Mourning dove cry

Trenton, NJ - sounds kind of sad.

Mourning Doves

I live in Washington, DC. Every spring I see two doves that seem to live in the alley in back of my house. Everytime I go out to the alley they are there and fly away as I approach the alley. Every few days I hear a mourning dove call out a song so loud you can hear it a block away. He sings for about 2 minutes, then stops. I have seen two mourning doves in my alley, and sometimes in my backyard for years, as far back as I can remember. I know I've noticed them for the last 6 years at least.

morning doves

I live in southern Montana, a town called Belfry, north of the Wy. state line. We have had morning doves for years out in our pine trees. This year however they have been singing constantly all day for weeks it seems. Never have noticed this before. We don't mind it, we just wonder why?

Minnesota Mourning Doves

I have had doves come back to the same nest for the 3rd year in a row this spring. Many families raised over the years except for one baby didn't make it & one egg was abandoned. It broke my heart! We've already seen them successfully raise two babies this spring. I've seen a male bring twigs back and forth while his two children wait patiently for him. I see them fly together, at the bird bath together & dad teaching them to eat & fly. They've got flying down pretty well now but no where near as good as dad. I noticed we now have two nests in the same pine tree. This one is quite new so I'm not sure if the old one had mites so they built a new one or if it's a different families. It's definitely a doves nest but when I last looked, it wasn't quite finished. I know "my" doves by their markings & how comfortable they are around me. I don't touch them although we have put fledglings back in the nest after they fell out from a bad storm. They weren't old enough to leave yet so we scooped them up and set them back in the nest. Mom & dad came back to feed and stay with them at night. This year they were too old so both parents kept trying to push them out but they stayed on the edge of the tree for hours before flying to the ground. It was kind of funny to watch as they kept pushing & pushing but one fledging just kept going back to the nest. I even saw both parents literally sitting in the nest with him/her like "get out of here, you are too big"! I eventually saw dad with them on the ground as well as watching from above. My husband & I just love watching them every year from as early as April this year to early to as late as mid October some years. Their song is so peaceful and soothing. I'm quite protective when it comes to our doves that when a crow is near, I walk around my backyard until I hear all of the birds start singing again & cannnot hear or see the crow. Our doves don't mind us or our dogs so they're not frightened when we are around. They often come pretty close to us while outside doing yard work or just sitting on the deck. I'm looking forward to watching them this year & hope they keep coming back. I know I will be devistated if/when they ever stop returning. For now I will enjoy them for as long as I can.

Mourning Doves!

I live in Southern Illinois and hear this noise daily, especially in the mornings, usually they sit right outside of my window and wake me up. Honestly kind of used to it by this point!

Mourning Dove

Kiefer, Oklahoma
We have a pair sitting in our red bud tree. We hear them every morning.

Mourning dove

I live in Derry PA and have a pair that live around my house. I hear them every morning

Mourning dove sounds

I have heard the Mourning dove in just about every state I've moved to in the past 5 yrs. Starting in Florida to Michigan to Illinois to Ohio to Virginia and back to Ohio. Kinda made me feel right at home.

Mourning dove

South east Portland OR
We had a pair last year and just this week they have returned.
We enjoy their singing

Mourning Dove

Every morning as a child in Clinton NC that was my wake up call. I just heard that familiar sound here in Lumberton NC.

dove or owl

I'm hearing a mourning dove at 3 am most mornings in Boulder, CO. I first thought it was an owl, but alas it must me a dove.

Morning coos from a Mourning Dove in Atlanta, GA

This morning, I had my back porch door open when I heard a bird sound that was different from the others I hear. It did sound like an owl, which I thought was odd, so I peered out on to my porch and saw this little guy sitting in my herb garden planter, right next to my chives (the only thing still alive :) I was so intrigued by his sound, I had to look it up and as soon as I saw the picture here, I knew that was him. Their beaks and tails are unique then the sound completely confirmed it. So cool!!

Mourning Dove

We have Mourning doves in NC. I saw one in my neighbor's yard and took a picture of it.

Grey hoo hoo bird in Troutdale, Or

I now know what type of bird is hooing on the most upper branch of the tree in back of our house. It sits there all morning hooing. At first I thought it was an owl until I spotted it and realized it was a bird. Our Morning Dove is more light and dark grey in color. It's such a wonderful sound.

Mourning doves in California

There must be one by our bedroom window here in SanJose. I had been wondering, hey is this dove lonely, or lost its mate? Bu I guess it's a mourning dove,so loud I could hear at front of house about forty feet away indoors..very loud!God hath made a strange creature here:)

Dove cooing like an owl

I live in Northwest Indiana and I was in the pool with my mom and was like that bird sounds so pretty. She told me when she lived in southern Illinois Galatia area she could here the noises when she was younger and it brought back memories. I first maybe it was an owl but I thought at this time of the day? So I googled and it she time here and it was spot on!! Love the sound and birds in general but this experience in just hearing the dove was beautiful ❤️.

Dove cooing

We have several pairs of doves in this semi-rural neighborhood on Milwaukee's far north side. My neighbor insists that the cooing is owls. his grandfather taught him that when they'd come to Wisconsin in the summers. We only have a few pairs here, but on my farm farther south in Racine county, we would have 10 or more of them sitting on the power lines. Love their soothing sound. They come to the feeders - male, female and young ones. They will eat at the feeder trays but seem to prefer eating off the ground.

There has been one single

There has been one single mourning dove cooing on my neighbors roof off and on all day long for the past couple of weeks. Does anyone know if this means it is calling for a mate? I feel bad that he is alone.

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