Mourning doves, found throughout North America, have a gentle nature and pleasant cooing song to match. Since these small songbirds are comfortable around people, they are easy to attract to any backyard. They are monogamous throughout the breeding season, and according to “Birds of North America,” mourning doves “according to some research, may pair for life.” Attracting mourning doves by providing them one of several types of attractive birdhouses is simple to do. These birds are so easy to please that the term “birdhouse” is used loosely. Mourning doves do not like to be enclosed while nesting--in fact, they do not like to fuss too much about their nest structure at all. A soft spot with a few sticks is a fancy birdhouse for a mourning dove.
- Hanging plant
- Hanging bird bath
- Small sticks
Choose a spot about 10 to 15 feet off the ground. This is the preferred height for nesting for mourning doves. You can hang the birdhouse from a patio or eave of the house.
Set a few sticks in a hanging potted plant with lots of open space. The mourning doves will arrange the sticks and settle in to nest.
Use a hanging birdbath bowl as a mourning dove “birdhouse.” Fill the shallow bowl with dirt and lay a few small sticks on top.
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- “Birds of North America”; Fred J. Alsop III; 2001
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Lynn Anders has more than 15 years of professional experience working as a zookeeper, wildlife/environmental/conservation educator and in nonprofit pet rescue. Writing since 2007, her work has appeared on various websites, covering pet-related, environmental, financial and parenting topics. Anders has a Bachelor of Arts in environmental studies and biology from California State University, Sacramento.
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