Sounds of the Mourning Dove
Shortcut: Oo-wah-hooo, hoo-hoo.
Song: See call below.
Call: The male's territorial and courtship call is a series of mournful cooing notes, with the second note stressed and higher in pitch than the other: oo-wah-hoo-oo-oo. This call may be mistaken for the hooting of a distant owl. A shorter call, oo-waoh, is used by both sexes during activities near the nest. Mourning Doves often produce a prominent whistling twitter when flying, especially during takeoff or landing. This nonvocal sound may indicate alarm.
Bird songs copyright 2011 by Lang Elliott. Song descriptions adapted from the book Common Birds and Their Songs (Lang Elliott, 1998: Houghton Mifflin Company) and other material by Lang Elliott. Contact: Nature Sound Studio. Photographs copyright 2011 by Brian Small and Robert Royse. All rights reserved.