Dove Cooing Behavior
Why do doves coo and why are there
periods of time that they are quiet?
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
Encyclpedia Britannica - Macropedia - Vol 4 - 934)
"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
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.
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