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(Male) Mourning Dove

Zenaida macroura


This is the mate of a female dove currently on a nest in the tree next to this gazebo. She can be seen at: "Mourning Doves are light grey and brown and generally muted in color. Males and females are similar in appearance." - Wikipedia


Rooftop of gazebo in backyard next to Avocado tree where his mate is nesting. "The Mourning Dove has a large range of nearly 11 million square kilometers (6.8 million square miles).[11] The species is resident throughout the Greater Antilles, most of Mexico, the Continental United States, and southern Canada. Much of the Canadian prairies sees these birds in summer only, and southern Central America sees them in winter only.[12] The species is a vagrant in northern Canada, Alaska,[13] and South America.[4] It has been spotted as an accidental at least seven times in the Western Palearctic with records from the British Isles (5), the Azores (1) and Iceland (1).[6] In 1963, the Mourning Dove was introduced to Hawaii, and in 1998 there was still a small population in North Kona.[14] The Mourning Dove also appeared on Socorro Island, off the Western coast of Mexico, in 1988, sixteen years after the Socorro Dove was extirpated from that island.[5] It is also noted or introduced as far as Pakistan in the east." - Wikipedia


This series was shot throughout the day accounting for the varied light.

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CindyBinghamKeiser 11 years ago

Thank you sciguy617. They're so sweet and gentle!

sciguy617 11 years ago

Great find! I actually just saw one this morning for the first time

Escondido, California, USA

Spotted on Mar 7, 2012
Submitted on Mar 9, 2012

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