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Mourning Dove

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The bird has been called the Turtle Dove or the American Mourning Dove or Rain Dove and formerly was known as the Carolina Pigeon or Carolina Turtledove. It is one of the most abundant and widespread of all North American birds.

The mournful song of this bird gives it its name. As a youngster, I used to enjoy mimicking their song using both my cupped palms together then blowing through my thumb’s knuckles to produce a low-pitched whistle. I learned to alter the pitch by opening the cavity between my palms briefly to generate an elevated pitch. I was proficient enough to get a response from nearby singers.

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