Charlotte Natural Museum - Mourning Dove

Charlotte Natural Museum
Carolina Raptor Center Carolina Raptor Center supports environmental conservation and safeguards community health by treating injured and orphaned raptors. At the head of the food web, raptors are leading scientific indicators of a healthy environment. Carolina Raptor Center offers a pleasant afternoon or morning walk along its nature trail. Enjoy over twenty species of raptors - hawks, owls, eagles, falcons, and vultures. Learn how these birds have adapted special characteristics to occupy a particular environmental niche and how they serve as indicators of our community's health.
Carolina Raptor Center6000 Sample RoadP.O. Box 16443Huntersville, NC 28297704-875-6521 phone
Mourning Doves
Color Pattern
Mourning Doves often match their open-country surroundings. They’re delicate brown to buffy-tan overall, with black spots on the wings and black-bordered white tips to the tail feathers.
Mourning Doves fly fast on powerful wingbeats, sometimes making sudden ascents, descents, and dodges, their pointed tails stretching behind them.

You can see Mourning Doves nearly anywhere except the deep woods. Look for them in fields or patches of bare ground, or on overhead perches like telephone wires.