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Notes and Observations: Mourning Doves Feed on White Pine Seed

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Concentrations of mourning doves were observed in cone-bearing white pine stands in western Massachusetts during the fall of 1962 and evidence was collected indicating these birds fed heavily on the seeds of white pine. Mourning doves were seen to cat seed on the forest floor, to peck at fallen cones and extract seeds from cones still attached to the tree. Consumption of pine seed by mourning doves is viewed as constituting a new element in forest-animal relations in this region. Because good white pine seed crops have become increasingly less frequent, this additional predatory force could influence natural regeneration.

Document Type: Miscellaneous

Affiliations: University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Publication date: March 1, 1966

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