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mourning dove

n.
A grayish-brown, swift-flying dove (Zenaida macroura) of North and Central America, noted for its mournful call. Also called turtledove.

mourning dove

n
(Animals) a brown North American dove, Zenaidura macroura, with a plaintive song

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n.
a dove, Zenaida (Zenaidura) macroura, of North America, noted for its plaintive cooing.
[1825–35, Amer.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.mourning dove - wild dove of the United States having a mournful callmourning dove - wild dove of the United States having a mournful call
dove - any of numerous small pigeons
genus Zenaidura, Zenaidura - mourning doves
References in classic literature ?
there was a gentle cooing of pigeons, and from the green depths of the big canon arose the sobbing wood note of a mourning dove. Once, there was a warning chorus from the foraging hens and a wild rush for cover, as a hawk, high in the blue, cast its drifting shadow along the ground.
We adapted assignment of age (in days after hatching) of HY mourning doves from Haas and Amend (1976) after review of papers by Swank (1955a), Allen (1963), Hanson and Kossack (1963), Petersen and Braun (1974), Holcomb and Jaeger (1978), Morrow (1983), and Mirarchi (1993a, c).
Invasive collared doves are larger than migratory mourning doves, with fan tails and lighter coloration.
In the leased fields, hunting for white-winged and mourning doves is allowed after noon on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays, and two youths can participate at no additional cost as long as a non-hunting licensed adult is in the stand.
Bell's vireos and field sparrows tended to nest in younger stems whereas blue grosbeaks, brown thrashers, mourning doves, northern cardinals and northern mockingbirds tended to nest in older stems.
At Willamette Heights Park, for example, mourning doves, red-breasted nuthatches, downy woodpeckers and Steller's jays congregate.
Captive studies of both Mourning Doves (Zenaida macroura) and White-winged Doves indicated subcutaneous implantation of transmitters were the preferred method of attachment (Schulz et al.
February accelerates the movement of spring, bringing cardinals and mourning doves into full song by the first week of the month.
I don't often question the powers that be, but I've never figured out why our fish and wildlife department doesn't open our season a week earlier, because by September first, mourning doves in these parts are already flighty.
The species infected were a great blue heron (Ardea herodias), 2 American crows (Corvus brachyrhyncos), 2 American robins (Turdus migratorius), 2 mourning doves (Zenaida macroura), a red-tailed hawk (Buteo jamaicensis), a blue-gray gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea), a northern mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos), a house finch (Carpodacus mexicanus), and a northern cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis).
Mourning Doves were another commonly submitted dead bird (17.1% of total), but only 2.2% of this species yielded WNV after culture.
Later, after the dishes were done, darkness fell like God pulling a shade, while the sound of mourning doves could be heard from the distant grove where I had my tree house.