Mourning Dove

Mourning Dove
Classification(s) : Prey
Cat Name : Dove
Common Name : Mourning Dove
Scientific Name : Zenaida macroura
Other Name(s) : Western Turtle Dove, American Mourning Dove, Rain Dove, Carolina Pigeon, Carolina Turtledove
Physical Description :

Mourning Doves are light brown or gray, with a short, black beak. The male’s head is blueish-gray. The tail is long and tapered, and juveniles are usually colored darker then the adults.

Physical Statistics :

Length: 9 – 13 Inches (23 – 34 Centimeters)
Weight: 3 – 6 Ounces (86 – 170 Grams)
Wingspan: 15 – 18 Inches (38 – 45 Centimeters)

Behavior :

Mourning Doves live in open woodland and are active during the day. They spend a good deal of time on the ground, searching for food like seeds and grasses.

Social Organization :

Mourning Doves are solitary except when raising young and mating.

Approval Level : None; Mourning Doves are very common in the forest.
Kill Difficulty : Low;

Mourning Doves have a sharp beak but are round bodied and not particularly athletic.

Training Level : Advanced;

Mourning Doves fly, so the best time to get them is when they come down to feed.

Hunting Tactic : Birds
Food Quality : High; Mourning Doves are large and nutritious.