are doves aggressive to other birds

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I was at my parents’ house in Walnut Creek (Alamo side) and I saw a mourning dove eating seed from the ground.

Soon after, a scrub jay shows up and did not make a sound. I thought, “Well that is unusual; jays are normally so loud.” Next thing, the jay is approaching the pile of seed and the dove puffs up, wings and shoulders spread, and charges the jay.

What is funny to me is that the dove is a symbol of peace. In actuality, I think a dove is a fairly aggressive bird.

Doves are aggressive (as are all other birds) if they need to protect food or family.

Mourning Dove Mating Behavior

Male mourning doves who are not mated are frequently observed acting aggressively toward one another. Throughout the majority of the day, they will perch and coo in an attempt to entice the females. Wing flapping is another successful trick that the males use. They occasionally might fly up and down ferociously close to the female

A female will “link up,” or preen, with someone if she is interested. Additionally, they might vibrate their wings to form a bond and express how deeply they love each other. Following moments of cuddling and sharing a seat, the female mourning dove bows, indicating that she is ready for a partner.

The bonding session and preening and grooming continue after copulation. Though they are seasonal monogamous, some mourning doves mate for life.

Mourning Dove Migration

The estimated 400 million mourning doves are found primarily in Canada, Mexico, and the United States. Yes, they migrate. With so many, there will inevitably be sporadic migration for food and parasite evasion. However, scientists classify them as partial migrants.

Mourning doves usually migrate north and south. Rarely do they go east-west. During the winter, you can find them in Mexico and the southern states. When the weather warms up, they will migrate to the northern range and nest in large flocks.

As aforementioned, note that not all mourning doves are migratory. For example, residential doves typically spend the entire year in the temperate southern states.

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Like all other birds, doves will become aggressive to defend their food or loved ones.

The fact that the dove is a peace symbol makes me laugh. Actually, I believe that a dove is a pretty hostile bird.

Not long after, a scrub jay appears and stays silent. That is unusual, I thought to myself; jays are usually so loud. Next, the dove puffed up, shoulders and wings spread, and charged the jay as it approached the seed pile.

While at my parents’ Walnut Creek (Alamo side) home, I noticed a mourning dove consuming dirt-born seeds.


Do doves chase away other birds?

Sometimes you just have too many blackbirds, doves and pigeons. They can eat more than their share of food and chase other birds away. However, there are several solutions to keep these birds from monopolizing feeders.

Are doves aggressive birds?

Generally, mourning doves are quite peaceful but under certain circumstances will become aggressive.

Do mourning doves bully other birds?

Starlings, grackles, sparrows, mourning doves, cardinals, bluejays, chickadees etc. And guess WHO was the most aggressive …the mourning doves! I was totally surprised that the “innocent, sweet, demure” doves would be the aggressor at a bird feeding station.

What birds can doves live with?

Finches and doves mix well in an aviary, each respectfully ignoring the other.