mourning dove

noun

Definition of mourning dove

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

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Estimates put the number of breeding mourning doves at about 35 million and whitewings between 12 million and 14 million. John Goodspeed, ExpressNews.com, "Sky’s the limit: Weather, numbers point to bang-up dove season," 29 Aug. 2019 However, a most exciting thing happened in my yard recently: A mama mourning dove has made her nest in the magnolia tree in my back patio. Jane Napier Neely, La Cañada Valley Sun, "The Valley Line: Orthopaedic Guild members help mark a grand opening," 5 Aug. 2019 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 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 However, a most exciting thing happened in my yard recently: A mama mourning dove has made her nest in the magnolia tree in my back patio. Jane Napier Neely, La Cañada Valley Sun, "The Valley Line: Orthopaedic Guild members help mark a grand opening," 5 Aug. 2019 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

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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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