The stark whiteness of this albino Mourning Dove is what first caught the observer’s attention.

Paul Brown noticed this unusual looking bird in his backyard, and quickly retrieved his camera to record its picture.
Paul Brown noticed this unusual looking bird in his backyard, and quickly retrieved his camera to record its picture.
As Paul approached it became clear that the bird was an albino Mourning Dove, complete with white feathers, a pink beak, and red eyes.
As Paul approached it became clear that the bird was an albino Mourning Dove, complete with white feathers, a pink beak, and red eyes.
A nice closeup picture of the albino Mourning Dove.
A nice closeup picture of the albino Mourning Dove.

Observation Details

CountyDenton
CityCarrollton
DateAugust 8, 2009
Time of DayAfternoon
TemperatureHot (greater than 89°F/32°C)
WeatherCloudy
HabitatResidential-Single Family
Type of BehaviorSurveying
GenderUncertain
MaturityAdult
ObserverPaul Brown

14 Replies to “Mourning Dove – Albino”

  1. I saw a white morning dove this morning (6/28/2012) at the end of Glenn Curtiss at the Addison Airport. It was an adult bird. It was sitting with a normal colored adult one wire above.

  2. I’ve been watching the birds around my house for the past eighteen years and I have lots of morning doves. now there is a white one it has pink eyes and feet,It is so pretty it seems to be smaller then the rest.I have pictures and video but not that good with putting things on line,but it is beautiful

  3. I found a albino dove very small I brought it home its tail was missing now it grew back just do not know if it is happy it coos a lot like it is looking for a mate

  4. I have a pair of albino mourning doves now settling in my back yard. I started seeing them two days ago on 8/515 and they have been regulars since. Never have seen them before. My back yard is a paradise for birds. squirells, possum, cats, rabbits and even a red fox.

  5. My cat brought in a Albino Dove today. It was bleeding a tad on bis back but it seems to be okay. I put it in a bird cage. I live in Southern California between LosAngelas and San Diego. I gave it some wild bird seed and some water. Should I let it go once I know it is alright?

  6. Saw an albino mourning dove today in Bright Indiana while mowing the grass, stopped and took photos because it caught my attention. Beautiful bird and stark white then landed on my roof where I was able to snap some photos.

  7. Many of those “albino mourning doves” are actually white ring necks that some ah released at a wedding, funeral, or other event. They are a bit bigger than mourning doves. Please catch these and keep them as a pet. They are easy pickings for predators and can’t survive the cold. My sweet rescued foundling died recently after 11 years. She was one of my best birds and is missed dearly.

    1. We had one in the yard today and its tail did seem to look extra long though it looks like the regular mourning doves and then it seemed to take off alone.

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