Bird Sounds: Mourning Dove

Mourning Dove Calls

April 29, 2016
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

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.

I live in California

Oh and just to let you know I live here in California I live in the city of villa park and sometimes I hear doves in the morning and sometimes in the afternoon but never at night but I love the sound that they make and it's so peaceful to me

I love doves

I love the sound of this bird. Every time when I hear the sound of this bird it makes me think of my dad. Every time when my dad hears this bird it makes him think of me and we will always think of each other every time we hear this bird.

Trinidad,WI...and Glendale, CA

I was completely taken aback when I heard this bird one morning, that took me straight back to my childhood in the Caribbean. I used to hear this every morning when I woke up. When I heard it recently, it brought back so many memories I decided I had to figure out what it was!

Hear them in NYC all the time

I am from NYC and I remember hearing these birds for the last 20 years. When I was a boy I thought they were owls. They are really beautiful birds...

I love having these birds

I love having these birds near, years ago I saw a hawk in the front yard eating one. My friend had them nesting on the ground next to her house, we have a stray tomcat so that's probably not going to happen here.

Mourning Dove South Central Ohio

When I lived in Clark County, Ohio, I could hear the mourning dove at any time, but since I've been in South Central Ohio I only hear it at dusk, as if telling everyone it's time to pack it in for the day. It always catches my attention because the song is so soulful. Robins to wake me up, cardinals to call the dog during the afternoon (that's what I thought the call was the very first time I heard it -- someone calling their dog), and the mourning dove telling me the day is done. Ah, nature.

Central Iowa

Have heard them wherever I have lived. Very relaxing.

I live near Sacramento, CA.

I live near Sacramento, CA. I hear them every morning. They wake me up and I can't go back to sleep. Woo, Coo, Coo, Coo, wait 10 seconds. Woo, Coo, Coo, Coo, wait 10 seconds. Over and over.

Yea i thought it was an owl.

Yea i thought it was an owl. Im searching for owl sounds and BAM! The mourning dove was on the list of sound a likes! Ive heard this b4 but never paid any attention. Im in Cleveland,oh.

Morning Dove

I hear this sound nearly every morning when the weather is warmer. I live in White River Junction, VT.

Mourning doves

I woke up this morning to the call of the mourning dove. He sang for about 15 minutes. I thought it was pretty early in the year for them to be back in Northeast Ohio (Kent).

Love the Doves here in

Love the Doves here in Rialto, CA. We moved here 18 months ago when there was a pair of doves. I started feeding them and other birds in my back yard. Now we have 8 Doves and a variety of other wild birds. They are such a blessing, so peaceful.

I have had a pair of Doves

I have had a pair of Doves cooing on the telephone wire for the past 4 months, mostly day time hours. This past week, one has disappeared the one remaining is making this pitiful sounding call that is a one-syllable "rasping" sound. It is constant. Does anyone know what this sound means? Obviously it has lost its mate/friend but I have never heard a call like that from a Dove and I can't find any info anywhere on the various bird websites either. Thank you! Carol in Northern California

The mystery is solved! It

The mystery is solved! It wasn't the Dove making the rasping sound. It was a pair of Mockingbirds who are nesting in the thick bamboo nearby and I thought it was coming from the Dove up above! The Mockingbirds were being bothered by some squirrel intruders to their nest area!

Like some others here, I

Like some others here, I associate this sound with my childhood, in Indianapolis, and I like it very much. I imagine most people in my state have heard the mourning dove. Just heard one here in Bloomington 15 minutes ago! These doves I find so lovely, with their soft grey and plumpness and gentle demeanor. And their sound is so serene. I have even thought that I wouldn't mind it if their call was the last thing I hear when I take leave of this life.

Is mourning dove sound at

Is mourning dove sound at home is good or bad?

Sweet! I've been hearing

Sweet! I've been hearing these calls for years, but could never match them with the bird until now. So now I know there are Mourning Doves in the neighborhood, even though I don't recall SEEING any. I've seen the Robins and Sparrows, and there are apparently Blue Jays in the area as well that I haven't seen either.

I live in southern San Diego

I live in southern San Diego County, California, very close to the Mexican border. I hear them early in the morning. I love that they seem to be having a conversation. One dove will sing, and then another will answer. And these birds are at a distance from each other, as much as 30 or 40 meters.

Though most songs will have 4 "syllables" sometimes they will have five or six! And when the song is a long one, sometimes they make a short pause between "syllables" I am always fascinated, and wonder what they are saying to each other.

I have a nest in my garage on

I have a nest in my garage on top of my garage door opened with 2 new babies just born. This is the 2nd year for the best. I have quite a few at my feeders, they are so serene.

Houston, TX My neighborhood

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!

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