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Name: Katharin
Status: student
Age: 11
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Date: 2002066


Question:
Do both male and female doves coo? I've heard that just the male doves coo...


Replies:
Katherine,

First of all there are numerous dove species throughout the world. I have no clue where you are from or which species you are referring. This aside, one needs to realize that most bird species have a song and a call. The song is usually related to nesting and particular nesting territories; this is usually performed by the male. In Rock Doves, the song and the call are closely related and one would be inclined to say that both sexes perform the same vocalizations.

Some male doves do have a song, like the Mourning Dove, to affirm its nesting territory to other males and to the female. Well, we really do not know what a bird thinks if at all, however, experimentation has shown that the male seems to be the most active of the two sexes in vocalizations. Female doves often do make a "coo" sound, it is not as elaborate as the male, but it could be described as a "coo" sound.

Steve Sample


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