Thursday, December 23, 2010

Mourning Dove

The cooing of Mourning Doves (Zenaida macroura) is frequently heard in Kalamazoo. These native relatives of the common pigeon are abundant in Michigan and are found throughout North America. Some Mourning Doves migrate while others overwinter in Michigan.

They eat seeds and banding studies show they can live up to 10 years in the wild. Apparently they produce a rich "pigeon milk" in their crop to feed their young. Dove hunting is prohibited in Michigan.

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