Did you know?
The coo of a dove is one of the most familiar bird sounds. We have all probably heard it at some point. The mourning dove, like every other species of dove, has its own unique coo sound. The low sound of the mourning dove’s coo was said to sound sad, so people said that it sounded like it was mourning. This name made sense because when someone dies, people can go through a time of sadness known as mourning.
The mourning dove is a part of the scientific family called Columbidae. This family includes around 300 species of doves and pigeons. (www.study.com)
I found this cutie on my walk around the lake last Saturday morning. I think he/she is a young dove, and so sweet perched on the tree branch.
A mourning dove’s beauty is an understated one: the colors of its feathers ranging through various shades of gray and drab violet, often with a striking splash of turquoise around the eyes.