National Wildlife Federation Wildlife Postcard Series Mourning Dove (Zenaidura carolinensis) Unlike his close relative the Passenger Pigeon, the Mourning Dove is still present in generous numbers. Slender, graceful and swift of flight, he is noted for his so-called song which really is a long, low, mournful call. He is aptly named, for that call surely suggests a mood of mixed sadness and gentleness. his range covers much of North America, wintering mainly from southern Oregon to the Carolinas. He is an extremely useful bird feeding largely on weed seeds. He is a migratory bird, and therefore falls under federal control. Many states have laws prohibiting dove-shooting, but in others he is much prized as a game bird.