While we have plenty of Eurasian Collared-Doves around Morning Bray Farm, I’m pretty sure this is a Mourning Dove.
I just love how the rings of feathers around her eyes are the color of the sky.
The interesting facts from whatbird.com:
- The oldest documented wild Mourning Dove was 19.3 years old. The average lifespan of wild birds is 1.5 years.
- It is a game bird; and in many states, habitat is created with the specific purpose to hunt birds.
- Both males and females secrete a substance from their crop that is high in protein and fat. Called crop milk or pigeon milk, it resembles and smells like cottage cheese and is fed to young birds.
- A group of doves has many collective nouns, including a “bevy”, “cote”, “dole”, “dule”, and “flight” of doves.
Note: Whoops! Turns out she isn’t a Mourning Dove after all. She’s a White-winged Dove. Thank you CeeCee!
The interesting facts on White-winged Doves from whatbird.com:
- Although the White-winged Dove is most commonly found in Arizona and the southwest, its range is expanding nation-wide and into parts of Canada.
- In Florida breeding occurs only in introduced populations.