|Male Mourning Dove, with blue-gray head and nape|
and rosy iridescence on his neck.
Regina, SK, backyard. ©SB
These Mourning Doves appeared to be mates — banding studies suggest they mate for life, however long that may be — and they had slightly different markings.
The male (as indicated by notes in Stokes) had a more pinkish chest and blueish-gray feathers on its crown and nape. He also had bright patches of rosy iridescence on either side of his neck.
The female was a softer tan overall.
|Male Mourning Dove, with more rosy/apricot chest shading, neck iridescence and blue head feathers. |
(love those red legs and feet!) ©SB
|Pair of Mourning Doves below my Regina, SK, birdfeeder. (Female in front, male at back.) ©SB|
This is the second time I've seen these large (compared to most others in spring) graceful birds in our yard.
The first was a Mourning Dove that stopped by in Fall 2013, perhaps on her migration south. She found a spot near the trellis, close to seeds, spent the morning resting, then flew away. (She, I'm guessing, because of her tan-coloured chest and lack of blueish head feathers — but I'm just as likely wrong.)
|Visiting Mourning Dove ©SB|
What are these? Mourning Doves
Location: Backyard, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.
Photo dates: Top three images: May 17, 2015; lower image: September 29, 2013.