How Long Does A Mourning Dove Sit On Her Eggs?


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A mourning dove can sit on her eggs for 14 to 15 days in a nest made of twigs and dry leaves. The nest is so fragile and can hold only 2-3 eggs. Both the male and female mourning doves take turns in watching over the eggs and keeping them safe and warm.

Once hatched, they stay in the nest for up to two weeks before they can fly and look for food on their own. But while in the nest the mother produces a milky substance in her mouth which she feeds to her babies.

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Mourning doves are often mistaken for pigeons but they're actually slimmer at 12 inches long. They're very common since they're one of the bird species that live in human territories. They come in gray and brown color with black spots and white edged tail.

You can tell if mourning doves are ready to mate based on their coos. Once they've found an ideal mate, they stick with him or her for life. They also live together with their families. You can also hear them coo most of the time when they're feeding their young and marking their territories.

Bird watchers are fond of watching mourning doves especially with the funny way they move their body as they walk. However, they're warned against watching these birds when they're nesting. Female mourning doves are easily threatened. They will immediately leave their nest behind including their eggs or babies once they see people watching them. And mind you, they never come back for them. However, if you leave them alone they're bound to use the same nest 4 to 5 times.

Mourning doves are migratory birds by nature. They are commonly found in North and South America, the Caribbean, and also in Panama. They love staying in the woods where they can build nests on the trees and safe from predators and humans.

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