Feb 20 2013

Morning Song

Published by at 7:30 am under Phenology,Quiz,Vocalizations

Mourning Dove in Urbana, IL (photo by Dori on Wikimedia Commons)

On February mornings, the mourning doves sing songs of love.

The males perch high and puff their throats when they sing.  Though they are slender, they resemble pigeons when they do this.

Coo-OOOO Cooo Cooo Cooo.

Some say they sound like owls but those who think the sound is mournful named this dove.

Click here to hear their mourning morning song.


AND A QUIZ!    Identify the other bird singing in the recording.  His song is not normally heard in southwestern PA in the summer.  The mourning dove lives year-round from Maine to Mexico, from Canada to Cuba.  The other bird will give you a hint on the location of the recording.


(photo by Dori on Wikimedia Commons. Click on the image to see the original)

6 responses so far

6 Responses to “Morning Song”

  1. Karen Bon 20 Feb 2013 at 7:56 am

    Ok…I’m not very good at this but I’m guessing a Robin….

  2. Stephenon 20 Feb 2013 at 8:20 am

    White-crowned sparrow? Canada?

  3. Josh Fecteauon 20 Feb 2013 at 8:30 am

    Very fun! The mystery bird sounds like a Spotted Towhee to me.

  4. Christinaon 20 Feb 2013 at 10:28 am

    I liked Stephen’s guess

  5. Josh Fecteauon 20 Feb 2013 at 11:08 am

    Just kidding — not sure what I was listening to before, but Spotted Towhee doesn’t fit. I now agree with Stephen and Christina: White-crowned Sparrow.

  6. Kate St. Johnon 20 Feb 2013 at 11:30 am

    I agree with Stephen too. This recording nearly matches the background bird. It’s a white-crowned sparrow in Oregon:

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