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Zenaida Macroura - Mourning Dove | Flanders, New York

© Sophie W. Smith

Joined October 2012

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Scientific classification
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Columbiformes
Family:Columbidae
Genus:Zenaida
Species:Z. macroura
Binomial name
Zenaida macroura

Behavior
Like other columbids, the mourning dove drinks by suction, without lifting or tilting its head. It often gathers at drinking spots around dawn and dusk.
Mourning doves sunbathe or rainbathe by lying on the ground or on a flat tree limb, leaning over, stretching one wing, and keeping this posture for up to twenty minutes. These birds can also waterbathe in shallow pools or bird baths. Dustbathing is common as well.
Outside the breeding season, mourning doves roost communally in dense deciduous trees or in conifers. During sleep, the head rests between the shoulders, close to the body; it is not tucked under the shoulder feathers as in many other species. During the winter in Canada, roosting flights to the roosts in the evening, and out of the roosts in the morning, are delayed on colder days. Read more

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