Where Do Doves Sleep?

December 2, 2023

Mourning doves can be seen hopping around in parks, resting on your porch on a spring morning, or perched on power lines as you drive by. They are beautiful birds that always make you smile. But where do they sleep at night?

Doves are primarily diurnal creatures, meaning that they are active during the day and sleep at night. Their daytime activities include foraging for food, nesting and raising young, and mating and laying eggs.

They typically roost at night to protect themselves from predators. As such, they need to find a spot that can keep them warm and hidden from sight.

When deciding on a place to roost, doves look for areas that are hidden from sight by tall trees or thick foliage. They also look for spots that have a natural windbreak. When all else fails, they will roost in areas that provide shelter from the elements like tree branches, eaves, porches, chimneys, and bird boxes.

Interestingly, mourning doves have a distinct sleeping pattern. They are able to sleep with one eye open, which allows them to stay alert to potential predator threats.

Mourning doves tend to roost alone or in pairs, though some species can be found in small groups. They can sleep for up to 12 hours at a time, and will wake up just before dawn. Doves can be seen in a wide range of habitats including savanna, grassland, forests, and even urban and suburban areas. Their large flight range and adaptability allow them to thrive in ecosystems that match their natural savvy.


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