Mourning Dove


(Zenaida macroura)

Fun Fact: Mourning Doves can drink brackish spring water (up to almost half the salinity of sea water) without becoming dehydrated the way humans and most other birds would.

Diet: Seeds! 99% of their diet.

Habitat: Open habitats and woodlands, grasslands, agricultural fields, backyards, and roadsides.

Overview: Mourning Doves are very common throughout Ballona. They are soft brown, a little pink, and have black spots on their cheeks and wings. When taking off, their wings make a whistling sound. They forage on the ground for seeds and store them in their crop to consume later.