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Elegant mourning doves are recognizable visitors at feeders

The mourning dove is probably the most elegant of the birds that regularly visit our backyard feeders.
Photographer: Bill Danielson
The mourning dove is probably the most elegant of the birds that regularly visit our backyard feeders.
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With the arrival of snow, we can expect to see some of the most common local birds at our feeders. The mourning dove (Zenaida macroura) is as elegant as it is common. A little larger than the average birds that inhabit our backyards, the mourning dove is about 12 inches in length. Much of that is accounted for by the long, graceful tail of the adults, but even without the tails, mourning doves are plump ...

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