photo by Phil Swanson
L 12″ (31 cm).
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Description: Sexes similar. Light brownish gray above, buffy below with a pinkish wash; black spot at lower base of ear patch; black spots on upperwing; and long tapered tail. In flight, white tips of outer tail feathers are visible. Juvenile is browner overall with heavy spotting.
Habitat: Occurs in a variety of habitats, including open woodlands and edge areas, parks, cities, gardens, and grasslands.
Where in Nebraska: Abundant spring and fall migrant and summer resident across the state. Will overwinter in Nebraska if the winter is mild, or in sheltered locations. Also a regular breeder.
Field Notes: North America’s most abundant and widespread dove.
Fun Facts: Mourning Doves feed quickly on the ground storing seeds in their crop and then fly to a perch to then eat the seeds in safety.