These Mourning Doves were photographed in a Carrollton subdivision. Mourning Doves are our most common dove, and there was a time when they might be the only dove you would ever see in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. But things have changed over the last 10 to 15 years. Sometime during that period both White-winged Doves and the invasive Eurasian Collared-dove moved into our area. Both are thriving here and both have growing populations! I have included pictures of these two species of dove below to help give you a better impression of their differences.
3 Replies to “Mourning Dove – Neighbors”
Chris, again, nice article and nice photos.
You might be on the lookout for the Inca Dove in the DFW area. It adapts well to urban environments, and has been confirmed as nesting in the area:
It is cardinal sized, and a beautiful bird.
Well, David, that is a bird I would like to see! I do keep an eye out for them, but so far no luck.
I live in Garland. In 2015 I never once heard or saw a mourning dove. Only white-wings and collared doves. Mourning doves appear to have been pushed out completely. It’s a pity: their calls are nice to listen to. White-wings sound to me as if they’re saying “Sell us your soul!” and collared doves will go on with their “hoo-HOO-hoo” call for well over a dozen frenetic repetitions. All 3 species are just behaving according to their natures, but I prefer the soothing calls of the mourning doves and I miss them.