Elegant, shy and ubiquitous. The primary small dove in much of North America. Prefers open areas and edges, often on wires. Tan with dark spots in back; plump, with small head and bill; long, pointed tail with white edging (unique to North American doves). Characteristic wing “whir” in flight; mournful song common. Feeds almost entirely on seed. Female builds nest on ground or dense foliage. Lifespan up to 31 years. Population ~ 120 million and stable; hunting kills 20 million annually.