Mourning Dove feeding squabs

I first noticed a pair of Mourning Doves (Columbiformes: Columbidae: Zenaida macroura) nesting above the front door of my friend’s shop eight days ago. Four days ago I caught my first glimpse of one of the newly-hatched squabs. Just today I saw one of the parents feeding the young and I was surprised how much they had already grown.

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Mourning Dove (Columbiformes: Columbidae: Zenaida macroura) feeding its squabs. Photographed 06/25/2013 near Clayton, Michigan.

Mourning Doves almost always give birth to two offspring and this family was no different. Both of the little birds seemed pretty plump and happy. After feeding on the parents’ crop milk for the last few days they were apparently getting some of their first seeds. In all the excitement of feeding a stray corn kernel had escaped the hungry squabs’ mouths:

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Mourning Dove (Columbiformes: Columbidae: Zenaida macroura) feeding its squabs. Photographed 06/25/2013 near Clayton, Michigan.

At the rate they’re going it won’t be long before they leave the nest.

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About Jeremy Sell

Science and nature nerd.
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