Mourning Dove

What do Mourning Dove parents regurgitate to feed their young?


Both the male and female secrete a substance from their crop that is high in protein and fat. Parents feed babies this liquid for the first few days of life. It is called crop milk or pigeon milk. The milk resembles and smells like cottage cheese. Mourning doves mate for life… usually seven to ten years.


A group is called a “bevy”,”cote”,”dole”,”dule”, or “flight” of doves.