“Dad- there’s a Mourning Dove!”

Mourning Doves are common throughout the U.S., but my kids still came running in to get me when they spotted this one outside our house.  Of all birds, their cry is one of my favorites.  Have you ever heard it?  The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Western North America describes it as “ooAAH cooo coo coo”.  It is slow and really does sound sad.  Obviously, that is how they got their name.

According to The Sibley Guide to Bird Life & Behavior, doves and pigeons (also known as columbids) are one of the few types of birds that can drink water without lifting their heads.  Most other birds can’t do this- they have to lift their heads up to let the water fall down their throats.  Columbids are able to drink water by sucking it up through their beaks.

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