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Saturday, 1 November 2014

Dove

The Mourning Dove is hunted both for sport and meat. It is the leading game bird with up to 70 million of them shot in the United States every year.

It's mournful woo-oo-oo-oo call gives the bird its name. The cooing sound is almost always made by the males.

When they sleep, they tuck their heads between their shoulders, close to their body. This is unlike most other birds, who tuck their heads under their shoulder feathers.

The dove is a strong flier, and can fly at up to 55 mph.

A group of doves is called a dule.

Doves must consume between 12% and 20% of their body weight and drink 5%-8% of their weight in water each day.

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