Reappraising factors affecting mourning dove perch coos

Journal of Wildlife Management
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Abstract

Results confirmed pairing as the primary factor influencing perch-cooing rates of wild mourning doves (Zenaida macroura). Marked unmated males cooed at substantially higher rates (6.2x) than mated males, had greater probability of cooing (2.3x) during 3-minute periods, and continued cooing longer each morning than mated males. Population density was not a major factor affecting cooing. Unmated males cooed more frequently in the presence of other cooing doves (P < 0.05) than when alone, but the number of additional doves above 1 was unimportant. Cooing rates of both mated and unmated males on areas with dissimilar dove densities were not significantly different. Within limits of standard call-count procedure, weather exerted no detectable influence on cooing.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Reappraising factors affecting mourning dove perch coos
Series title Journal of Wildlife Management
Volume 42
Issue 4
Year Published 1978
Language English
Contributing office(s) Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Description 884-889
Larger Work Type Article
Larger Work Subtype Journal Article
Larger Work Title Journal of Wildlife Management
First page 884
Last page 889