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|Mourning Dove |
French: Tourterelle triste
Size: 9-13 inches(23-34 cm)
Wingspan: 15-18 inches(37-45 cm)
Weight: 3.04-6.0 ounces(86-170 g)
A greyish brown bird with black spots on the wings, a Mourning Dove is medium sized with a small head. There is a black comma-shaped spot behind the eye. It sports a graduated tail with the inner feathers being the longest, grey with white tips and bordered by black on the outer-most edges. The bill is small, thin and black while the legs and feet are a dull red. The Mourning Doves eyes are dark brown surrounded by blue skin.
Male: Bluish grey cap and nape. Pinkish rosey hue over face, throat and breast. Neck feathers tinged with pink irridescence. Outer three tail feathers are white.
Female: Olive grey cap and nape. Face and throat are olive brown while the breast is tan. Neck feathers are tinged with olive green irridescence, sometimes with pink. Outer one or two tail feathers are white.
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You caught some great feather detail. Nice shot of this wary bird. They usually swoosh from the brush when they hear me coming. :)
- [2007-06-09 22:19]
nice pose good focus colors seem off and also a tad dark
Lovely Dove, great details nice colors well composed, good details on the plumage TFS regards/LAwhill
A nice capture Jim and good mourning ooooops morning to you as well. In my opinion the softness of the dove reflects a big part of it's spirit and this is what comes through so clearly in your photo. Very nice.
Bob Pacific NW Wilderness
- [2007-06-10 11:36]
Nice shot of this dove with feathers ruffled. Good eye contact and excellent light. Excellent note. I learned how to distinguish male and female.