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This study presents the first published information on the food in the crops of Maine mourning doves collected at the Western Maine Forest Nursery at Fryeburg. The main food was conifer seed (54. 6 percent volume). Red and white pine totaled 37. 6 percent of foods consumed. Corn and goosefoot comprised an additional 30.9 percent by volume in the diet. The heavy use of conifer seed by doves in a nursery suggests the need to treat the seed with a repellent. Maine doves were longer in total length than doves from New York and several southern states. The sex ratio of doves in the samples was heavily distorted to males.
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Schemnitz, S.D. 1975. Food habits and body measurements of mourning doves in southwestern Maine. Life Sciences Agriculture Experiment Station Technical Bulletin 78.