Mourning Doves are known to be lazy nest builders. They will often take over an abandoned nest or build a flimsy nest that will not hold up during a storm. Therefore, baby mourning doves are often thought to be "abandoned" when really the nest has just fallen apart and the parents will continue to care for the baby dove on the ground.
The Mourning Dove gets it's name from the mournful cooing it emits. They are predominantly ground feeders and one of the few birds that can drink without lifting it's head. Parents feed their young a regurgitated liquid called crop-milk for the first few days. Also known as American Mourning Doves, Rain Doves, Carolina Pigeon and Carolina Turtledove.
Please see our Mourning Dove Article for more information on doves.