Lakes & Rivers
Open Field Birds
The Mourning Dove is
one of the common bird species, being quite adaptable to human
territory. They can be found all over North and Central America,
on Vancouver Island and as well as in
Panama and the Caribbean region. This specie measures 30 cm long, its color
a soft combined shade of gray and brown, with dark spots on the wings. One may
recognize them in flight upon seeing their long pointing tail. Mourning Doves
are black billed, and known to have orange colored legs, and pale blue ring
surrounding its dark eye.
The nest of a Mourning
Dove is typically built by piling pine needles, twigs, weeds and grass. It tends
to be fragile, as sudden movement from an incubating mother can cause the eggs
to fall through the bottom, although Mourning Doves have been known to reuse a
nest for up to 5 broods. It may be found perched between the height of 2 to 8
metres, placed at an intersection of sturdy branches. Mourning Doves usually
have 2 to 3 eggs at a time, to be incubated in a period of 14 to 15 days.
Incubation is continuous, with the male and female taking turns. After hatching,
the young ones take 12 to 14 days before leaving their motherís nest. The mother
is able to produce a milky substance that is fed to the young ones through its
mouth. The Mourning Dove is noted as a migratory type.
Breeding partners often
stick together for a very long time. Partners will often keep to themselves,
busy caring for their close families at breeding season and while raising the
younglings. This breedís cooing, however cheerless it may sound, actually marks
the commencement of such important periods as asserting territory, nesting, and
raising its young ones.
Open Field Birds