mourning dove

noun

Definition of mourning dove 

: an American dove (Zenaida macroura) with a pointed tail and a plaintive coo

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In 1998, Ohioans were asked to weigh in on whether mourning doves should be categorized as game birds and hunted. Jessie Balmert, Cincinnati.com, "Dialysis to duels: Why Ohio keeps voting on odd, complicated ballot issues," 5 July 2018 According to the Diamond Dove website, mourning doves who have successfully raised their young in a specific site typically return to the same site year after year. Mallorie Sullivan, Cincinnati.com, "A bird started her family inside a Cincy Red Bike. So they locked the bike down.," 12 May 2018 Michigan hunting groups want the state Department of Natural Resources to make mourning doves and sandhill cranes game species eligible for hunting. Keith Matheny, Detroit Free Press, "Feds: If Michigan asks us for sandhill crane hunt, we'll grant it," 1 Jan. 2018 Some of the doves that would have been taken during the fall season remain in Texas; this is especially true of mourning doves, which are not as prone as their white-winged cousins to migrate south as temperatures chill. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, "Wingshooters have pick of what to target in mid-December," 13 Dec. 2017 The Michigan United Conservation Clubs, at its June convention, also recommended the Natural Resources Commission establish Michigan hunts for both sandhill cranes and mourning doves. Keith Matheny, Detroit Free Press, "'Ribeye of the sky?' House recommends sandhill crane hunt in Michigan," 18 Oct. 2017

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1833, in the meaning defined above

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mourning dove

noun

Kids Definition of mourning dove

: a dove of the United States named for its mournful cry

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