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Mourning Dove Identification

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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)