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Hello, thank you for writing.
First off, and this is not to alarm but to inform: depending on the part of the world you live in, a mourning dove is considered a wild animal and is federally protected by law. What does this mean for someone who has one as a pet? Basically, it means that they probably would need a wildlife permit to keep the bird. Now, because you got it from the humane society, there might be an exception to that rule. Nevertheless, I would consult with a wildlife sanctuary/facility for more information on what regulations stipulate in your area.
Places on the web where you can reach a wildlife care representative:
Second, and you probably already know this, mourning doves are not the usual pet doves that we are familiar with, like ringneck doves. The two species do look similar and those who are not familiar with doves and the different species of doves can possibly confuse the two. Here are two pages from the International Dove Society with photos which mark the physical differences between the two species:
In case you haven’t come across these pages in your research, they talk about basic care as it pertains to captive mourning doves:
Here are a few more pages that talk about the Mourning Dove as a species in general:
Finally, there are lots more general bird care and general pet care resources on our website, so check those out. I hope these will assist you in formulating a special care plan for your little one. Please feel free to contact us again; including, but not limited to, letting us know how your dove and yourself are doing.
So I went to the humane society to look around and kill time and ended up adopting this cutie. Someone dropped it off with a note that said it fell out if it’s nest so idk what it’s age or gender is but it’s adorable.
We just received your question and assume it’s about this mourning dove. Just to let you know that we will be answering pretty soon, so stay tuned!
I can’t speak for other people’s experiences but I have found them to be
curious, friendly and social, even with people they don’t know. Ours are very hand tame and will step up on your finger. They always seem interested when company is over. They will land on your arm or shoulder (or head, haha).
Doves have a schmaltzy, gentle reputation and honestly - they’ve earned it. They don’t bite or scream like parrots. They may nip if they feel their eggs or young are threatened, but if they themselves are cornered and scared they just hold up their wings.
My SO and I sort of joke about pigeon evolution like “how are you guys still alive” because they are so non-aggressive and chill, and like to walk around on the ground and aren’t really scared of much. I guess their evolution strategy was just “reproduce a lot”.
I think it’s very important that if you have a social animal that they have a same-species buddy if you can. Two males in a small space may fight over territory. Two females generally get along. A bonded pair is ideal I would say. Pigeons bond in steady pairs, usually male/female, and are very affectionate towards each other. Like many other birds they do something called “billing” which is basically the bird version of making out. They will also sit side by side with their heads down and coo while they flick their wings. When hens lay they will lay two eggs within a day or two of each other and the male and female take turns sitting on the nest. To keep from getting a population explosion just set the eggs out for a while or in the fridge and give them back and then they can sit on them and nest and you won’t have 1million doves who aren’t happy because you can’t give them all the attention, space, and care they deserve. Make sure they have sticks (alfalfa hay is good) and something to sit in so they can make a nest!
Cocks will coo in the morning, which is fine if you don’t mind it and/or can sleep through it like we’ve learned to, but if you have other people in your household (parents or roommates) they may not appreciate it; we live in an apartment and have never had complaints so hopefully that means no one is annoyed by it (if so toooo bad, suckers - jk no but really nobody hates doves if you hate doves you are a bad person and what are you even doing with your life).
Hens are quieter, but will talk a bit and coo back and forth.
Ringnecks like the ones we have make all kinds of unexpected sounds, and it’s often amusing to us to see people’s reactions who have never been around doves before when they coocoohooo wonk coocoohooo wonk, and their “laughing” greeting they do.
As far as the work aspect goes, you have to clean their cage almost everyday or at least change papers. This is very important for their health (they live as long as or longer than cats and dogs). They need fresh food and water and calcium grit and their bowls washed out. In addition to their regular food they like to try new (pigeon-safe) fresh fruits and veggies and other foods. Some foods, houseplants and flowers can be toxic so it’s very important to do your research.
Also important, birds are very sensitive to air because of the way their breathing works. For example, no teflon because if it gets overheated it’s bad for humans but birds will die from the fumes. No perfume or aerosol sprays or chemicals near them. This is easy for me to remember because of my asthma, so I’m very sensitive too, but I imagine it might be a little harder to remember for some people who aren’t.
Yes when they are out they will poop on everything (but at least they only do it when they are landed and you learn their body language after a while so you can predict it), just try to keep them off things you can’t clean well (like the piano and sheet music, oh dear). I have also noticed they seem to prefer doing it outside of their cage when they can. We have a large cage that is actually a dog cage that sits on a table. It is very important that they get flying exercise at least once a day. Besides, it’s just great when they fly around the room. Beautiful!
tl;dr: They require work and resources like all pets but in return they are great and I love them.
I am no expert but I try to be knowledgeable about things so I hope this was at least interesting and informative.