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What bird is dumber than a chicken?

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Okay, so chickens have pecking order. And they're smart enough to run about even after decapitation. So, it's EASY for another bird to be dumber than that. And that bird is ... (drum roll!) ... the mourning dove!

These creatures are the cows of the bird class. They never look up, merely grazing placidly until they're picked off by a hawk, leaving behind only a flurry of feathers.

So, guess what? A mother dove has decided to leave two of her grown babies under the hedges, in the mulch, in front of our house. Probably a pretty safe place, unless a cat should come by. We've given them a plate of birdseed and are debating about water.

Knowing grown children, they may never leave.



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TINKERBELL200 9/9/2014 10:24PM

    Cute! They are dumber than a chicken though! They seem to have a purpose and stick to it! Grazing and they do not pay attention to anything else! It's like the cow's grazing in the fields in the pouring down rain as the world goes by! It's like they are oblivious to their surroundings. That could be very dangerous for them! Hopefully they didn't really get picked off by the hawks!

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JANEDOE12345 9/6/2014 9:00AM

    I have no doves at present but had a veritable herd of them last year. This year I had two grinning cats and some piles of feathers. Perhaps that mournful noise announces their inevitable and imminent demise. Sigh. Birds need to be pretty quick to live up here with Betsy & Chauncey patrolling the acreage.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 9/5/2014 12:15PM

    It's totally true but sad at the same time. Doves are so pretty and they seem docile and sweet, unlike many in the bird world..................but.........
...... their calls totally depress me. Listening to them outside my window every day almost has me ready to slit my wrists. LOL. What is so horrible??? Maybe it's because they do get eaten way too often. We used to have several here every day and now I only see one. Hopefully they have not all become hawk dinners. I am a cat lover but they are the number one threat to wildlife and of I ever had another he/she would be indoors only.

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_LINDA 9/4/2014 8:54AM

    Very interesting! I love hearing mourning doves, but can never seem to get close enough to them, they either fall silent or fly away. We have robins that continually nest in our huge, open spruce tree (in the middle of the yard with no other trees around it) and their nest continually gets raided by crows, but they keep coming back anyway. So not sure the doves are the dumbest lol.

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JOYINKY 9/3/2014 10:12PM

    When I was doing "from the nest" I read up on fledgling robins. The parents will raise 2-4 groups of 4 in a season only to replace themselves in the population. The mortality rate is high. I imagine it's the same for doves, if not worse. Nature isn't always kind. Hawks need to eat too. Good luck! I'd be taking care of them too.

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GINIEMIE 9/3/2014 8:32PM

    They look so sweet, I didn't realize how dumb they were. But Suzy my friend are really keeping these poor wild birds alive-for "gasp" a hawk? I love watching and feeding birds. Some of them are pretty messy though.
Thanks for caring for our feathered friends.
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