BIRDS OF THE BALTIMORE-WASHINGTON METRO AREA
METROPOLITAN NATURALIST
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)

The Mourning Dove is a year round resident in our area, preferring open areas but also seen in
backyards and open woods. This is a common visitor to bird feeders where doves often are seen
foraging on the ground below the feeder for fallen corn or sunflower seeds. The  woo-oo-oo-oo call
is easily recognized. The tail is long and pointed, with white feathers on the outer edges.

When Mourning Doves are startled, the birds burst into flight with a distinctive whistling sound from
the wings.

Mourning Doves are often seen perched on overhead wires, as in the pictures below.
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A pair of geese on a Virginia pond.
Mourning Dove
Mourning Dove
Mourning Dove
Mourning Dove