The Dove said to the Cardinal, " Lets race over to that large tree, I bet I will win." The cardinal said, " What do you want to bet? A few peanuts?
Mourning Dove and Northern Cardinal, male.
This Mourning Dove is cleaning its feathers. The mourning doves grow special feathers that can fall apart into a type of powder that they will use to help water proof their other feathers. It is important that they keep their feathers clean.
There was just one dove and a woodpecker having a talk about who should fly off. Then two more doves showed up to see what was going on. The woodpecker stood its ground, even when she was outnumbered. The three doves flew off, leaving the woodpecker by herself to hunt for food.
Red-bellied Woodpecker, female and three Mourning Doves
There are birds such as; types of doves, pigeons, woodpeckers, etc, that have special feathers that they grow to fall apart at or about the ends of their feathers into a type of powder down that they will use to clean and protect their feathers; some birds will use the fine powder as a water-proofing agent
The special feathers, are called powder down,it is the only type of feathers that the birds has that will keep growing all the time doing the bird’s life.
The birds other feathers will not molt ( fall off} all at the same time. The reason being that the birds needs to keep most of their feathers for flying, and keeping warm. The birds will slowly loss and replace their feathers with new ones over a period of several months.
This Mourning Dove is cleaning its feathers.
To stay healthy, birds must keep their feathers clean from dirt and parasites, and to keep their feathers in order.
They will use their bills and feet to stroke every feather from its base to its tip. Most birds will clean (preen} several times a day.
It was a hot day; Miss Dove decided to jump into a dish of water to cool off. Mick fly’s in and sits on the side of the dish and started talking to Miss Dove. Along comes Scott to join the party. Miss Dove said; “This water dish isn’t big enough for three.”
Mr. Dove flies in to square dance with Mrs. Dove. He starts calling the moves out;" let’s start out with a dosado, then forward & back and a U turn back." Mrs Dove smiles, and says, " Thanks for the dance."
I’m thinking that the doves are doing their spring time dance, grin.