Mourning doves eat a wide variety of seeds, waste grain, fruit, and insects. They prefer seeds that rest on the gound. Occasionally they eat in trees and bushes when ground foods are scarce. Their diet is typically 95% seeds or plant parts. Mourning doves eat agricultural crops, especially cereal grains such as corn, millet, rye, barley, and oats. On rare occasions mourning doves can be seen preying on Orthoptera, Formicidae, Coleoptera, and Gastropoda.
Animal Foods: insects; mollusks
Plant Foods: seeds, grains, and nuts; fruit
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