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Why do doves coo and why are there periods of time that they are quiet?

Hi Kevin!

Adult doves have 2 major calls:
1) A regular "cooing" tone that is usually uttered with the neck stretched up and the throat blown out
2)A sharp, quiet tone that is uttered without inflating the throat
The "coo" sound is typical one for doves/pigeons. They use their voice for many purposes, including contact, drawing attention to certain things and appeasing a mate. "Cooing" starts at a very early age, and it is believed that is an inherited rather than an acquired trait, in other words, "cooing" is not learned from the parent, it comes naturally. Usually they "coo" off and on all day and night. But also "cooing" is a part of their courtship ceremony.

Encyclpedia Britannica - Macropedia - Vol 4 - 934) mentions that: "in reproductive condition when a male acquires a territory, which it proclaims with an advertisement call,that is usually a variant of the typical one."

So...all the animals have their own "voices" and they are mainly a way of communication. So they communicate here and there along with the circonstances of the day. I hope it was that you were referring, Kevin! And thanks to ask Newton!

(Dr. Mabel M. Rodrigues)

Cooing is the song of mourning doves, and is given for courtship, territorial and other similar reasons.

J. Elliott

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