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Merlin Bird ID

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    Mourning Dove Identification

    The Four Keys to ID

    • Size & Shape

      Plump-bodied and long-tailed, with short legs, small bill, and a head that looks particularly small in comparison to the body. The long, pointed tail is unique among North American doves.

      Relative Size

      Smaller, slenderer than Rock Pigeon

      Relative Sizerobin sizedrobin-sized
      • Male
        • Length: 9.1-13.4 in (23-34 cm)
        • Weight: 3.4-6.0 oz (96-170 g)
        • Wingspan: 17.7 in (45 cm)
      • Female
        • Weight: 3.0-5.5 oz (86-156 g)
        • Wingspan: 17.7 in (45 cm)