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Critters of the Week

Critters of the Week

A wild critter we spotted in the RVA area and a critter up for adoption by SPCA or RACC.



Where Spotted: Hollywood Cemetary
Common Name: Mourning Dove
Scientific Name: Zenaida macroura
Average Length: 8.9 – 14 in
Weight: 4.2 oz
Quick Facts

  • The bird is also known as the American mourning dove or the rain dove, and erroneously as the turtle dove, and was once known as the Carolina pigeon or Carolina turtledove.
  • The bird is a strong flier, capable of speeds up to 88 km/h (55 mph).
  • It is one of the most abundant and widespread of all North American birds. It is also a leading gamebird, with more than 20 million birds (up to 70 million in some years) shot annually in the U.S., both for sport and for meat.
  • The mourning dove is monogamous and forms strong pair bonds.

Fat Alberta at RACC

Age: 5yrs 1mths 1wks
Sex: Female
Pet ID: 82329

Adopt Fat Alberta at RACC

Learn more about their Adoption Process or how to Foster A Pet.

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