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Question:
In South Florida, near Ft. Lauderdale, we often hear the cooing of doves in April. We are not sure what their migration habits are, or if they are permanent residents, here. We've simply noticed a lot of cooing, each year, in the Spring. Is this connected to their mating habits? Does the actual sound of their cooing ever change, during certain seasons? Do they coo more frequently, during certain seasons?


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Yes, dove cooing is a mating song and is heard most frequently in spring. Mourning doves are non-migratory or may make relatively short local migrations. Like most song birds doves may raise a second brood so cooing will be heard in the summer as well, but not, at least up here in the north, in the winter.

J. Elliott


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