Baby mourning doves update – squabs are 10 days old – Part 3

mourning dove babies

The mourning dove hatchlings, squabs are 10 days old.  They are becoming Fledge,  Fledge is the stage that these young doves develop feathers and wing muscles that are sufficient for flight. It takes about 14 days for the mourning doves to fly and leave the nest. The parents will still care for the young squabs for 25-27 days of age where they will be left to be on their own.

mourning dove babies
mourning dove squabs, hatchlings exercising

The mom and dad mourning doves have started leaving the babies alone for several hours at a time.  This dove behavior is to encourage the babies to start learning balance and exercising.  The mourning dove squabs, babies, will be flying out of the nest pretty soon.

mourning dove babies
mourning dove babies alone in the nest
mourning dove nest
mourning dove daddy still spends time in the nest

The mourning dove parents can only lay beside the baby doves because the 10 day old babies are plenty warm with their own feathers.

part 4 in the making….  final stage coming, I’ll be sad, and happy, to see the hatchlings go



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8 thoughts on “Baby mourning doves update – squabs are 10 days old – Part 3”

  1. We recently had a mourning dove hatch 2 eggs in our flowering pear tree in NJ. The mom was enormously dedicated to her babies but after about a week after they were born she & the 2 babies were gone with no sign of a attack from a predator,what could have happened to them?


  2. Oh yoz did zoom in, wonderful..My dawg, don’t they grow fast ? I suppose they will be leavin soon 😦 Have yoz changed the color of yor page? wasn’t sure if it was compawter playin up 🙂
    Have a great day, and fanks sooo much for the photies.
    Big hugs Mollie xx


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