It’s a very common backyard bird in this country, a protected bird in some places yet it is hunted in season in many states…. not in New Hampshire since they aren’t numerous enough. Other states that ban dove hunting are Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Vermont and Alaska.
- They are monogamous and mate for life.
- Some migrate. Some do not if food is plentiful.
- They are named for their ‘mournful’ song.
- They are the Wisconsin state symbol of peace.
- Nests are so loose you can see the eggs through the twigs.
- They are the most frequently hunted species in North America.
- Up to 45 million are killed by hunters annually, yet they remain plentiful.
- They eat approximately 12 – 20 percent of their weight daily.
- The oldest mourning dove lived to 31 years 4 months old.
- They are one of a handful of birds that enter a shallow state of torpor at night when fasting.
- …and finally, many years ago, my young daughter adopted and raised an abandoned chick.