There are four photos on this page:
1. Mourning Dove, mid-nestling
2. Late nestling Mourning Dove
3. Fledgling Mourning Dove
4. Juvenile Mourning Dove
Outwardly calm, the Mourning Dove is actually a nervous
species related to the Pigeon. Somewhat camouflaged by its plumage,
the Mourning Dove has two modes of defensive behavior: freeze
Mourning Doves eat primarily seeds and feed mainly on the
ground. Unlike most native songbirds, young Doves drink a softened
diet from their parents' crops (neck pouches for holding food).
Nestlings are covered with string-like down, and have rosy legs
which turn darker red as they age. Doves typically nest in pine
trees, and the nest consists of a few twigs that are loosely
This young bird was picked up in a yard and could not be
returned to its parents. Happily, it was successfully rehabilitated
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