of the most common birds across the state in the summer time. A
prolific breeder, Mourning doves will often raise multiple broods per year,
and has been documented raising up to 6 broods in a single year in warmer
southern states. A very poor nest builder, nests are often a very
loosely formed collection of sticks.
Habitat: Farms, residential areas, roadsides, grasslands, open
woods. Found in nearly any open or semi-open habitat.
Diet: Feeds almost exclusively on seeds.
Will rarely take insects or tiny invertebrates.
Behavior: Does the majority of foraging on the
ground, filling its crop with seeds before moving off to digest seeds at
rest. They will also occasionally feed on seeds while perched in
Nesting: Late April through mid-September
Migration: Most northern Mourning Doves migrate south in the fall, but some may remain
Bird Feeders: Will attend for sunflower seeds, millet,
cracked corn, and other seeds.
Conservation Status: Very common and widespread, there are
probably many more Mourning Doves now than before European Settlement, due
to man's fragmentation of habitat.
Cornell University's "All About Birds - Mourning Dove"
-- Mourning Dove
Photo Information: July 2nd, 2005 -- Yard in
Brandon, South Dakota -- Terry L. Sohl
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