Zenaida macroura - The Mourning Dove
The mourning dove is also known as the turtle dove and Carolina pigeon. They’re one of the most common birds in North America, and are prolific breeders. Each year can see as many as 6 broods raised, in climates that give a long nesting season. As a completely vegetarian bird, eating mostly seeds and pine nuts, they’re rarely affected by local brood parasites such as cowbirds and cuckoos, whose chicks require a high-protein low-fiber diet (worms and insects).
The extinct passenger pigeon was most closely related to the mourning dove, and passenger pigeon DNA has been successfully cloned in mourning dove embryos, in proof-of-concept experiments, but none were brought to term, as incubation of cloned birds is extremely difficult, thanks to the eggshell puncturing.
Also: The mourning dove is Wisconsin’s state peace symbol. It’s also the number one game bird of the state. I get that they’re widely-hunted game birds everywhere, but why would you make your peace symbol something with an open season?
Book of Birds Common to Town and Country. National Geographic Society, 1915.