|juvenile Mourning Dove at East Lansing, MI Wild Birds Unlimited store|
|Male and female Mourning doves|
They have a small, thin black bill, red legs and dark brown eyes. Males are larger than females and show more color with a bluish cap, pink chest and neck feathers and three white outer tail feathers. The female is graced with an olive gray cap and a tan breast. Neck feathers can be greenish or pinkish with one or two white outer feathers.
Mourning Doves sit on their eggs for about 2 weeks, feed the babies in the nest for about 2 weeks and then care for their young for about a month after they've fledged. Both male and female mourning doves share in incubating and feeding their young.
Juvenile Mourning Doves look like the parents except for a little white at the end of each feather and a lack of iridescent feathers.