Mourning dove

Mourning Dove- Sarah Erb Parnell

Zenaida macroura

Mourning doves are probably a common sight and sound in your neighborhood. They are often seen in pairs, perched on a wire or searching for seeds on the ground. Their call, “coo oo oo ooo,” is often confused with an owl’s. Mourning doves’ wings make a whistling sound when they fly.

Male and female mourning doves share the work of building a nest, sitting on the pair’s egg, and feeding their young. Young mourning doves learn how to fly after only two to three weeks!

Zenaida was found in Martinez, with a wing injury, unable to fly. He has lived at the museum since 2012.