Nesting Habits of the Mourning Dove | Wild Bird Library - Perky-Pet

The onset of spring heralds the start of mating season for wild mourning doves. The male initiates the proceedings by slowly elevating himself with deliberate and heavy flaps of his wings until he's at least 100 feet up, after which he spirals to the ground and issues a mating call, according to Clemson University Cooperative Extension. It's not uncommon to spot groups of three doves, two males and one female, chasing each other around. The chase is a form of competition between two males. Single males may attempt to challenge males even after a male-female pair has been established.

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I’m not sure what’s going on with the nest. The eggs might not have been laid right away, or they might be infertile. I wouldn’t give up yet, though, on seeing a new dove family. As long as the nest is occupied, there is reason to hope, and mourning doves usually produce three broods a year.Get more pet and wildlife news delivered to your inbox for free on weekdays.Sign up for our .

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Oct 4, 2015 - My parents have a pet mourning dove named Cocoa that they have had for about 10 years I did buy a pet Ringneck Dove from a dove breeder that had a Mourning Dove that he rescued. He said he handled it when it was young but when I saw it, it was very nervous and clearly wanted out of the cage. I think that one would have been releasable because it had reverted to a nervous wild bird, fearfull of humans.

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I have two male ringneck doves, and they make a lovely cooing sound that is very similar to the sound of wild mourning doves. In fact, one of them even has a color so much like a mourning dove that my visitors often think that's what he is. Since ringnecks are domesticated birds, they make better pets than any wild species would. I would highly recommend keeping ringnecks if you are interested in doves - I've found mine to be quite entertaining!

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Tourterelle triste / The Mourning Dove / Zenaida macroura. Aire: De S.-E. De l'Alaska et du S. Du Canada au Panama. Référence: Les oiseaux du Québec et de l'Amérique du Nord. Peterson, Roger Tory. P. 196.Have a professional clip the mourning doves' wings if you are not certain on how to do it. It is important to have the wings clipped if you plan to keep them as pets to prevent the mourning doves from flying high and fast in case they do get out of their cage.Mourning doves can fly as fast as 40 miles per hour. They are game birds and allowed to be hunted in some states such as Georgia. They multiply quickly as mourning doves mate throughout the year. They adapted easily to the changes in agriculture, making them one of the most commonly seen birds in residential areas. As pets, mourning doves are independent and don't require much contact. In caring for these birds, they need a large, clean area, warm temperatures, and a good diet for a healthy life.Mourning doves are a protected species and federal law prohibits keeping any protected bird in captivity. Many people get beautiful ringneck and white doves from pet stores and they make wonderful pets. I have a friend with over 50 and they are very sweet. Some of them make a laughing sound that is very entertaining.