Mourning Dove on a nest

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Mourning Dove (Columbiformes: Columbidae: Zenaida macroura) on a nest. Photographed 06/17/2013 near Clayton, Michigan.

Common across most of North America, Mourning Doves (Columbiformes: Columbidae: Zenaida macroura) have learned to live alongside humans rather well. Many of these birds nest in trees, shorter foliage, and even on the ground. Some, on the other hand, are perfectly happy raising their young in close proximity to people. The individual shown above built its nest right above the front door of a friend’s shop.

Each mated pair of doves works together to build their nest. The male supplies building material to the female, who then weaves it loosely together. Both sexes also take turns incubating the eggs. So far this pair hasn’t seemed to mind the constant traffic and commotion, but they do keep a nervous eye out for threats to their eggs.

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About Jeremy Sell

Science and nature nerd.
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