today i saw a mourning dove!

remember how yesterday i saw a eurasian collared dove and got mad? today i saw the native dove they so closely remember, and i felt joy in my heart once again from looking at a bird.

the mourning dove is a sort of mousy grey with a paler, pinkish underbelly, black spots on the wings, and a thin black bill. their tails are pointed when closed.

these guys live all over the US, ranging up into canada and down into mexico, with a few wintering in central america! ->

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these doves can be found both solitary and in flocks, and are most well-known and beloved for their slow mournful song.

here's an example: youtube.com/watch?v=u0LKPT1u1E

there's over 450 million of them! they eat seeds, and live well in cities; they like open territory (so no swamps or thick forest generally).

they're also one of the most popular game birds in the US, which is wild 2 me. over 20 million are hunted a year? there are over 350 million of them anyway tho because they're Powerful.

this part isn't facts or anything: i really like mourning doves - everywhere i've lived has had a mourning dove population to one degree or another, and their call is really familiar and nostalgic to me. i love seeing them out and about; they're a common bird that i still really, really enjoy seeing. (honestly i think i like most common birds as well as all the rare weirdos i adore)

it can be nice seeing a familiar elegant friend flying or perching out in the world.

mourning doves, more like ... mourning ... loves? i don't know fuck it this ALSO gets the hashtag so you can search for it later (or, realistically, so i can)

@aflightybroad

We have tons of them here in Texas along with their close cousin the White-Winged Dove. Other slightly more distant cousins are the Rock Dove (commonly called "Pigeon") and the Inca Dove.

@Tau_Leonis white-winged doves apparently show up in this part of florida occasionally but i'm not sure i've ever seen one! (it's possible i've seen one from a distance and not realized, but ...)

i'm gonna end up doing a pigeon post soon enough, possibly tomorrow if i see one just to keep this dove train going haha.

inca dove sounds neat! none of them here, alas..!

@aflightybroad

Inca Doves are really neat, they aren't super common around here but I do see them.

They have what looks like a scale pattern on their back and you can see a flash of rusty orange when they flap their wings.

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