Graceful, plump, and small-headed with short legs and a slender, long pointed tail, the Mourning Dove is noted for their soft, long drawn out calls that sound like laments.  They are buff colored with black spots on their wings and black bordered, white tipped tail feathers.  Mourning Doves are most frequently found on telephone wires around the Sanctuary and on occasion, along the borders of the paths.  They tend to eat seeds, wild grass grains and berries.