Interesting Facts About Dove


  • Doves eat seeds including corn, oats, cherry, and barley. In cities, pigeons also eat popcorn, cake, peanuts, and bread.
  • When they grab seeds off the ground, they are not necessarily eating them. Instead, they are stockpiling for digesting later.
  • Doves are considered closely related to the late, lamented passenger pigeons.
  • Pigeons are found almost everywhere on Earth; however, they don’t occur in very cold places or in very dry places.
  • Their long, pointed wings are almost falcon-like in appearance, while their pointed tails are longer than those of any other doves. These “design features” enable the birds to fly fast. Mourning doves have been clocked at 55 mph.
  • Doves were introduced into North America in the early 1600s.
  • Rock doves prefer to nest on sheltered cliff-ledges.
  • Mourning Doves are light grey and brown and generally muted in color. Males and females are similar in appearance.
  • The Mourning Dove is a medium-sized, slender dove approximately 31 cm (12 in) in length. Mourning Doves weigh 112–170 g (4.0–6.0 oz), usually closer to 128 g (4.5 oz).
  • The Mourning Dove occupies a wide variety of open and semi-open habitats, such as urban areas, farms, prairie, grassland, and lightly wooded areas. It avoids swamps and thick forest.

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