Morning Dove

Animal Summary

These light gray and brown birds are widespread across North America. Since they are native the only way the zoo can house them is if they can not survive in the wild. Our two morning doves came from the Wisconsin Humane Society in Milwaukee, Wiscnosin and from Wildlife of Wisconsin the local wildlife rehabilitation organization. The female is named Zoe and she adores people, the male is MoDo and came to us with an injured wing. Wild mornings doves live in a variety of habitats from urban and lightly wooded areas to prairies and grasslands. They communicate by cooing and their sounds can be used to attract a mate, as a nest call, a greeting call, or an alarm call. After the male's courtship display the female will choose the nest site and begin to build the nest. The male helps by gathering the nesting materials and delivering them to the female. Both parents will incubate and raise the young by first feeding them dove's milk followed later by seeds. These birds tend to be monogamous and their strong pair bonds may keep them together for much of the year.


Morning doves can reach speeds up to 55 miles per hour in their flight.
In a warm location, one pair of morning doves can raise up to 6 broods a year. That is up to 12 young.
A morning dove's diet consists of about 99% seeds and will eat roughly 12-20% of their body weight per day.


A morning dove is a common animal and is not at immediate risk for population decline.


The morning dove is the most frequently hunted species in North America. Even though it is hunted for meat and sport this makes very little impact on their total numbers.