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Everything you need to attract mourning doves to your backyard. The lamented call of the mourning dove is heard all over urban and rural North America. Bird Feeders Etc. has everything you need to facilitate the habitat of these large, good-will ambassadors of the natural world.
Mourning Dove Feeders
A platform bird feeder is your best choice for attracting mourning doves. Mourning doves are larger than the typical birds at your North American feeders, so they need space. White millet and cracked corn are the mourning doves’ favorite bird seed, but they will eat the safflower seed you may be using to attract cardinals to your yard. These types of seeds also attract squirrels so be sure to check out Bird Feeders Etc. selection of squirrel resistant and squirrel proof solutions for your platform feeder. Mourning doves will not migrate when the presence of food is available. If you wish to keep your mourning doves in the cold season be sure to offer them a water source with a heater. View our mourning dove bird feeders and waterers above for more detailed descriptions of our varied selection.
Mourning Dove Feeding
A unique quality of the mourning dove is its regular use of its crop. The mourning dove will generally eat enough to fill its crop and then fly away to digest the food while resting. In order to facilitate the use of their crop, mourning doves swallow grit such as fine sand or gravel and thus prefer to eat off of the ground.
Mourning doves are almost exclusively vegetarian eating 99% seeds. Utilizing a platform feeder is easiest for the attraction of mourning doves. Include a handful of sand with the seed and you’ll have the perfect mount for these birds. To get started attracting mourning doves to your backyard oasis, shop mourning dove seed and feed above.
Mourning Dove Housing
Mourning doves prefer a fairly open space, making them a perfect back yard bird. Mourning doves are fairly sensitive nest builders preferring a protected platform bird house for their nests of twigs, grass, weeds and pine needles. They are not efficient builders so don’t be surprised if their nests appear to be falling apart from the very loosely built structure.
If a dove senses any kind of danger she will most likely abandon her nest.
If you place a nesting shelf bird house in a tree or on your house, 5 to 25 ft off the ground, you may provide the opportunity for a mating pair of doves to reuse their nest five times in a season. Placing some white pine needles on the top of the shelf also attracts the birds. Be sure to create a perfect home with plenty of food sources nearby with a platform feeder near or in the same tree. We have all the platform bird houses and bird feeders you need to beautifully match the architecture of your home and to provide a safe and inviting environment for mourning doves.
Average life span: 4-5 years
Size: 12 in (30 cm)
Weight: 4-6 oz (113-170g)
- Mourning doves can fly up to 55 MPH
- Mourning doves leave the nest 12-14 days after hatching
- Approximately 75% of baby mourning doves don’t survive past their first year.
Types of Mourning Doves
Mourning doves are members of the pigeon family. Five subspecies of the mourning dove exist and are all very similar looking making them hard to delineate from one another. The five subspecies are the Eastern, Clarion Island, West Indian, Western and Panama mourning doves.
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