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adult coverts and primaries macro
Mourning Dove adult coverts and primaries macro, Oregon, Coquille Mourning Doves are one of the most hunted species in North America. Each year more are taken than of all other migratory birds combined. Like most doves, Mouring Doves build a remarkably flimsy nest of sticks. The nests are generally so thinly built, that if they are in a tree, the two eggs can be clearly seen from below. As a result, storms cause more egg and nestling mortality than predators do. From the start of nest building to the departure of the young takes about 33 days. Doves often have multiple broods per year, particularly in southern areas of the US.