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Saturday, 1 November 2014


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.

Mourning doves are monogamous. After couples reunite during breeding season they can raise up to six broods. Sometimes they even stick around through the wintertime.

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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