Mourning Dove

Health Issues Which May Affect This Animal

What Causes This Disease?

Trichomoniasis is caused by a protozoan parasite, Trichomonas gallinae.

Where Is The Disease Found?

Trichomoniasis is found worldwide in pigeons and doves. The disease has been well documented in Idaho in doves and pigeons.

Signs of Disease

Trichomoniasis causes large masses of exudate in the oral cavity, throat or crop of affected birds. The masses can be large enough that they obstruct the passage of food and the birds die of starvation. Trichomoniasis is usually seen in pigeons and doves in mid to late summer, especially in areas where large numbers of birds are being fed. The birds can eat, but the lesions do not allow the bird to pass food into the crop and gizzard. The food that is eaten is usually regurgitated and the contaminated food is then consumed by another bird which can then become infected with trichomoniasis.

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News

  • Mourning dove on tree branch

    Mourning dove, sandhill crane, and early goose seasons open Sept. 1

    The 2017 mourning dove, sandhill crane, and early Canada goose seasons open Friday, September 1.

    The mourning dove season runs through October 30, with a daily bag limit of 15 and a possession limit of 45.

    Eurasian collared-doves are an introduced species that have expanded their range into Idaho. There is no daily bag or possession limit for Eurasian collared-doves. They will not count as part of the aggregate bag limit of mourning doves as long as they are identifiable.

  • mourning dove

    Mourning dove, sandhill crane, and early goose seasons open Sept. 1

    The 2016 mourning dove, sandhill crane, and early Canada goose seasons open Thursday, September 1.

Mourning Dove

Zenaida macroura

IDAPA Classification: Game Bird Migratory
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