Scientific Name: Zenaida macroura
Classification: Game Species
Abundance: Common throughout state
Species Profile (pdf)
The mourning dove has a thin, delicate-looking bill, a neat head, and a long, graduated tail bordered with large white spots. The colors of the female are
duller than the gray-brown adult males. At close range, adult males can be distinguished by purple-pink iridescent feathers on the neck and light pink
on the breast. The upper part of the throat is whitish. Legs and feet are dull red or purplish red.
To learn more about the Mourning Dove, view the species profile or click on the other tabs on this page.
Migratory Game Birds – State Regulations (PDF)
Migratory Game Birds – Summary of Federal Regulations (PDF)
Game Lands Dove fields
2011-12 Survey of Dove Hunters in North Carolina (PDF- 1.02 MB)
Mourning Dove National Harvest Plan (PDF - 1.20MB)
Priority Information Needs for Mourning Doves (PDF - 2.88MB)
Webless Migratory Game Bird Information – doves, woodcock, snipe and rails
Sandy Mush Game Land Birding Check List (PDF)