Thanks for tuning in to watch our Mourning dove on her nest. Here are some interesting facts about Mourning dove to learn about as you watch!
- The name of the Mourning dove is derived from its sad and haunting cooing sound, often mistaken for the call of an owl.
- They primarily feed on seeds on the ground. They can eat the equivalent of up to 20 percent of their body weight per day!
- Most Mourning dove mate for life, but some only pair up for the mating season. They both look after their young.
- During nesting both the male and female take turns sitting on the eggs. The male usually takes the day shift and the female sits on the eggs at nigh.
- Mourning doves lay 1-2 eggs on average. This nest has two eggs.
- Egg incubation period is 14 days. The chicks are born helpless, eyes closed, covered in a thin layer of down and dependent on adults for warmth.
- Chicks, also known as squabs, will remain at the nest fo 12 to 15 days.