Mourning Dove in Winter

mourning dove in snow in winter
Mourning dove. Image by Mike Goad from Pixabay

Appearance: A large bird about 12″ long smooth with fawn colors. Black spots on the wings and tail. A single black spot below and behind the eyes. Wide brown tail with white edges. Red-orange legs. Gray patch between head and back and iridescent colors around the neck. Large black eyes with light blue around the eyes. Pointy bill.

Diet: Seeds

Feeder food: Will come to eat seeds that drop below the feeder as they are ground foragers.

Habitat: Mourning doves are commonly found throughout the US in winter with the exception of North Dakota. They prefer open areas.

Range Map

Mourning dove range map.
Mourning dove range map. Compliments of The Cornell Lab.