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Mourning Dove

Scientific name: Zenaida macroura

While the Red-winged Blackbird probably tops it, the Mourning Dove is one of the most abundant and widespread birds in North America. Mourning Doves are resident across much of their range, though northern birds move south in the winter, and the species often turns up at bird feeders.

Male Mourning Doves establish their territorial boundaries with several cooing perches from which they give their mournful song. During fall and winter, Mourning Doves become gregarious and can be seen in flocks of hundreds or even thousands.