Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) - Fort Zachery Taylor Historic State Park
The most abundant dove in the United States, the Mourning Dove is also the most widely hunted and harvested game bird. The name comes from the familiar, although easily overlooked song, a low-toned moaning cooah, coo, coo, coo.
The Mourning Dove is common in rural areas in all parts of the United States, as well as city parks and, in winter, suburban feeders. In some states, it is hunted as a game bird while in others it is protected as a songbird. Its species name, macroura, is Greek for "long-tailed."
Mourning doves are monogamous. In warm climates, these doves produce up to six broods per year, the most of any native bird.