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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The mourning doves are here

The mourning doves are here in pairs. So peaceful.

Doves come to the feeders but

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

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

Also here in Oklahoma

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.

Occasionally here in

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

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

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.