Some facts about Mourning Doves:
- Its scientific name is Zenaida macroura.
- The mother is able to produce a milky substance that is fed to the young ones through its mouth.
- Breeding partners often stick together for a very long time.
- The cooing sounds they make marks the commencement of such important periods as asserting territory, nesting, and raising its young ones. (I used to think that the sound was being made by owls).
- Any slight threat from predators can easily drive away a nesting couple, leaving eggs and younglings behind.
I have no problem with mourning doves. They are much more well-behaved than pigeons at my feeders.
I've noticed a couple of things about doves in the backyard. One thing is that they like to sit on the edge of the birdbath without drinking or bathing. Another is that they seems to wink a lot during mating season. I think this may be tied in with courtship.