Feed on

Mourning Doves are very common in my neighborhood.  I love their sad song and the little noises that they make when they fly.  They’ve really gotten used to me.  This guy is quite at home sitting inside a feeder meant for sparrows.

By the way, if you like the red feeder, you can order one from my friend’s husband, Dave of Nickerson Woodcrafts.  He makes the feeders himself and you can select from a variety of colors.  I chose red because it matches the red brick of the house.  Usually the doves prefer ground feeding so it was surprising to see one inside the feeder.

If you take a walk around the neighborhood, you’re guaranteed to see Mourning Doves and American Robins.

One day we saw some doves and I thought they looked a little different.  Then I realized!  They were Eurasian Collared Doves.  I think you can see why “collar” is in their name.

They also differ from the Mourning Doves by having no black markings on their back, a wider tail and orange irises with white rings versus black irises with blue rings.  I say that Mourning Doves have blue rings around their eyes, but it’s pretty subtle.

Here’s a comparison of the tails with the Eurasian Collared Dove on the top.


It’s amazing how different they look when you study the details.

2 Responses to “Bird Identification – Mourning & Eurasian Collared Doves”

  1. Tiffany says:

    Cool – I’ve never seen Eurasian Collared Doves .
    Mourning doves make the weirdest nests ever (cough, from my very human, non-mourning dove perspective lol). A couple of sticks/straw semi curled. They feign injury to lead predators away from their chicks though

  2. Elizabeth says:

    Ooh, like Kildeer! I didn’t realize. I’ll have to search for nests, there must be tons in my neighborhood.