Mourning doves are swift and maneuverable in flight, so can escape most predators if they are aware of their presence. The exception to this are falcons, such as Falco peregrinus and Falco mexicanus. Adult mourning doves will try to lure predators away from their nests by pretending to be injured. This is called the "broken-wing feign." They flutter about on the ground in front of the predator, as if they had a broken wing, and lure them away from the area of their nest.
- Procyon lotor
- Felis silvestris
- Canis lupus familiaris
- Elaphe obsoleta
Anti-predator Adaptations: cryptic
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