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How To Identify Birds: the Mourning Dove

Watch more Birdwatching videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Recognize the mourning dove with help from this guide. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Observe the bird's size and shape Consider the bird's appearance through binoculars and compare it with the pictures in your field guide. Mourning doves have plump bodies and long pointed tails, short legs, small bills, and small heads. Step 2: Observe the bird's coloring Consider the bird's coloring. Mourning doves are grayish-brown in color and have black spots on their wings and white tips with black borders on their tail feathers. Step 3: Observe the bird's behavior Consider the bird's behavior. Mourning doves fly rapidly using strong wing beats and may take flight or land suddenly while stretching their tails behind them. Tip Mourning doves are usually seen in pairs in summer. Step 4: Observe the bird's habitat Consider the bird's habitat. Mourning doves are fond of fields and bare ground where they forage for seeds, but may also be found sitting on overhead telephone wires. Tip Although some mourning doves winter in the northern parts of the U.S., most do not arrive until mid-spring. Step 5: Observe the bird's call Consider the bird's call. The male mourning dove has a call that sounds like a drawn-out, mournful lament. Did You Know? The mourning dove is the most frequently hunted bird in North America.
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