A mated pair of mourning doves preen one another while perched on a tree branch in the late afternoon in Plattsburgh. Mourning doves, which usually are monogamous, are one of the most common bird species in the United States and likely benefited greatly from European colonization and eventually urbanization as it occupies a broad range of habitat but avoids unbroken forest. The birds are also prolific breeders, raising up to six broods of two offspring each in a year. Mourning doves are one of the leading game birds in the country, with 20 to 70 million birds taken every year.
GABE DICKENS/ P-R photo