Mourning Dove
Zenaida macroura

Photo by Peter LaTourrette.  North American Birds Photo Gallery


The low "mourning" song

The wing sounds of the Mourning Dove

Field Marks
  • Pale buff-brown head, neck, breast, and belly
  • Purple and green iridescence on neck
  • Small black mark on lower neck
  • Large black spots on coverts
  • Long tail is pointed at tip
  • Dark brown tail with white tips to outer four tail feathers


Mourning doves like farms, small towns, open wood, scrub, roadsides and grasslands.


Mourning Doves are common all year round in Atlanta.  They are easily spotted in city parks or backyard birdfeeders.