|Copyright: Christy Lovell (Clovell987) (2)|
|Date Taken: 2008-06-03|
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|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2008-06-05 21:11|
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|Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura|
This abundant bird has increased with the cutting of forests and burning off of grass. The Mourning Dove is common in rural areas in all parts of the United States, as well as city parks and, in winter, suburban feeders. In some states it is hunted as a game bird while in others it is protected as a songbird. Its species name, macroura, is Greek for "long-tailed." The young are fed regurgitated, partially digested food known as pigeon milk.
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