Mourning doves, not turtle Doves, for Christmas in Utah
This bird gets its name from its common note, a low-toned, moaning coo. An unmated male gives the "perch-coo" from a visible location such as a bare branch, fence post or wire. It begins as a soft coo-oo followed by two or three louder coos. This sound is meant to attract a female to its nest, to be its mate.
Mourning doves can scare predators or warn the flock by fluttering their wings at a fast rate and making their wings sound like a loud whistling noise.
The mourning dove is a medium-sized bird weighing between 3.4 and 6 ounces. They are a light pinkish buff color with black spots on their wings and white tips on the tail feather. Compared to other dove species, mourning doves are fuller-bodied, with a long, tapered tail. Their diet consists almost entirely of seeds.
Mourning doves are found throughout Utah. These doves are often seen foraging in grasslands, agricultural fields, backyards and roadsides. They can be seen in grain fields after the harvest. Mourning doves live in open habitat that has few scattered trees. Additionally, they are common in urban and suburban environments. Many doves winter in woodlots and will roost there throughout the winter season. See full story here.