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15 Breathtaking Photos of Mourning Doves

Enjoy a collection of photos that capture the beauty of mourning doves in all seasons, including mourning dove nests and baby mourning doves.

mourning dove nestCourtesy Arthur Scherwin

Mourning Dove Nest

Arthur Scherwin shared this photo of a mourning dove with two baby mourning doves, or nestlings. Each mourning dove brood consists of two eggs, and one pair may hatch up to six broods in a year.

mourning doves in flightCourtesy Barbara Rutledge

Busy Bird Feeder

“We had just refilled the feeder when the mourning doves showed up,” says Barbara Rutledge. “They all wanted to eat at the same time and were determined to all find a spot. I grabbed my camera and started snapping photos of the mourning doves. This is my second year in this house and I am loving every minute of it.” Check out the 10 types of bird feeders you need in your backyard.

mourning dovesCourtesy Jean Field

Juvenile Mourning Doves

“These two baby mourning doves are only 3 weeks old. They were born in a nest under my deck,” says Jean Field. “Mama and Daddy dove set them to flight a week before. Exactly one week later they returned and spent the afternoon perched on the rail.” Learn the five stages of a baby bird’s life.

mourning doveCourtesy Julie Wiederhoeft

Backyard Birds

“I chose this particular picture of the mourning doves as I liked how closely they sat together and the light was hitting them just right. They come often to my backyard birdbath and took a break and sat together for the longest time,” says Julie Wiederhoeft. I had just sat down on the backyard swing and they swooped in. They are two of many bird friends that visit often.” Check out more common backyard birds you should know.

mourning dove nestCourtesy Martin Gilchrist

Baby Mourning Dove

“My wife and I hung a potted strawberry plant in the corner of our covered patio and were patiently waiting for the strawberries to ripen so we could enjoy the fruits of our labor. But before we could pick our first strawberry, a pair of mourning doves moved in and made a nest,” says Martin Gilchrist. “We debated on whether we should discourage the doves’ nest building. But we decided to plant other strawberries in the backyard and to witness the doves hatch and raise young.” Learn how to safely observe nesting birds.

mourning dove nestCourtesy Sherry Cole

Mourning Dove Mama

“I found this pretty mama mourning dove in my neighbor’s tree. She was very patient and let me photograph her a couple of different times,” says Sherry Cole. “Unfortunately, she didn’t stay around and there weren’t any baby mourning doves. We have a lot of doves and I really enjoy them at my feeders.” Check out 8 different kinds of bird nests and how to spot them.

mourning dovesCourtesy Lisa Mason

Courting Doves

“Meet Mr. and Mrs. mourning dove. I captured this image during the spring time breeding season. They were busy getting to know each other,” says Lisa Mason.

mourning doveCourtesy Patricia Welch

The Golden Hour

“It was late afternoon on a late summer day, when I looked out my living room window to see a mourning dove perched on the tree just outside the window,” says Patricia Welch. “The light filtering down on the bird was just gorgeous so I grabbed my camera and quietly headed out my back door and took the shot. I find mourning doves to be such beautiful, peaceful creatures and this heavenly light just accentuated that for me.”

A mourning dove sits in a tree.Courtesy Jeffrey Carter

Perfect Pose

“I took this summer shot of a mourning dove in Newark, Illinois. This dove seemed willing to be photographed and gave me its best profile. I like the soft earthy tones of the bird’s feathers, spotted in places by sunlight peeking through the tree branches and leaves.” Try these proven bird photography tips.

mourning dove closeupCourtesy Liana Jones

Peaceful Dove

“I took this photo of a mourning dove as the sun was setting in our backyard. When I saw this dove  below my feeders, I took the snap, thinking it wouldn’t be much,” says Liana Jonas. “I was happily surprised at its facial expression.”

mourning dovesCourtesy Mary Versaw

Three Doves

“I took this photo of a mourning dove nest in our front tree. Our dog was overly interested in the tree and it made me look closer,” says Mary Versaw. Check out super cute photos of baby birds you need to see.

mourning doveCourtesy Sandy Scott

Perching Mourning Dove

“This mourning dove perched on my back fence in Sanger, Texas,” says Sandy Scott. “I am new to photography and my husband told me what type of bird this was.”

Mourning dovesCourtesy Teresa Taylor

Peace and Harmony

“I took this photo in in early spring on a country road in the middle of Kansas. The beautiful pair of mourning doves, also called turtle doves, caught my attention,” says Teresa Taylor. “Being a symbol of peace, these two gracefully formed a heart shape as they perched in perfect harmony together.”

mourning doveCourtesy Bob Anderson

All Puffed Up

“On a cold late afternoon in January, this mourning dove puffed up as large as possible to retain all the heat it could,” says Bob Anderson. Follow these simple tips to attract winter birds.

mourning dove in snowCourtesy Gary Garton

Waiting for Spring

“In the waning days of a very long winter, I stood on my porch one morning wishing that spring would appear,” says Gary Garton. “Just then, this mourning dove landed on a nearby maple tree. And for that moment, it brought me the promise of spring.” Check out more spectacular winter bird photos.

Lori Vanover
Lori Vanover is the senior digital editor for Birds & Blooms. She has a bachelor's degree in agricultural and environmental communications from the University of Illinois. Lori enjoys growing vegetables and flowers for pollinators in her backyard gardens. She also is an avid bird-watcher.