Thank God for the Birds

Outside our patio window we have bird feeders. I love to watch all the beautiful birds and think of what a creator our God is.

He could have made one kind of bird. Checking National Geographic and various other sites, I found that it is estimated there are between 10,000 to 18,000 different species of birds. Wow!

Birds are some of the most successful vertebrate animals on earth and are found from the North Pole all the way to the South Pole and everywhere in between.

While I love all the birds we see outside our window: cardinals, blue jays, junos, robins, my favorite are the doves. Their “cooing” sound to me is so peaceful. I love to watch them as they walk around the yard. To me, they appear to waddle as they walk. Since I have arthritis very bad in my knees and one leg is shorter than the other, I also waddle. So I laugh as I watch them. I love their grey coloring with touches of black and white.

Doves mate for life. However, their life expectancy is small – only one to two years. Great parents they both feed their new babies. They feed the babies “crop milk.” This food is secreted by the parent’s crop lining and regurgitated to the babies.

Doves have been used for thousands of years as symbols for harmony, peace and love. The ancient Egyptians cultivated them and later the Romans.

Doves appear in the Bible. Noah released one out of the ark to see if it could find dry land. Solomon compared his beloved to a dove and wrote about how sweet her voice was. The book of Leviticus listed many burnt offerings. The doves were used in offerings that were regarded as voluntary offerings representing surrender and commitment to God. When Jesus was baptized by John the heavens opened and a dove descended on Jesus. Bible scholars believe this was a symbol of the Holy Spirit. When Jesus sent His disciples out to witness of the Kingdom of God he told them to be “wise as serpents and harmless as doves.”

Doing research on my favorite bird, I was surprised to find that there are different species within the class of doves. The one I am enjoying is the mourning dove. This bird can be found from southern Canada through the lover 48 states and even in Mexico.

Other doves include the Barbary dove found in New Zealand.

The Mexican dove.

The purple-winged ground dove found in South America.

(Thanks to for pictures of the doves.)

7 thoughts on “Thank God for the Birds

  1. I did not ever think about the different species of doves. I rather like the Barbary dove found in New Zealand. I enjoy feeding the birds, too. Most every morning, I step outside and walk 10 feet to fill the bird feeder in front of our window. We enjoy seeing our visitors as we make and eat our breakfast.


  2. I never realized there are so many types of birds. I really enjoyed your reference of the dove and where it is mentioned in the Bible. Although I am a Christian and have read many parts of the Bible, I was not aware of some of these. Thank you, I just learned something new. Have a wonderful Sunday 🙂


  3. I love birds and enjoyed this post very much. I also waddle like the doves, so I had to giggle a bit when I read that part. I am amazed at all the beautiful birds God created. In my area we have Mourning doves, White-winged doves, and Eurasian Collard doves. Mourning doves are what I see at my feeders the most.


  4. Mourning doves are probably my favorite, too, Barb, especially because, for several years, a pair of them built a nest in my orange tree. We would frequently see them perched on a wire outside my “office”/living room window too. They do make the sweetest cooing sound. I’m delighted that you get to enjoy so many birds in your yard.

    Kind of wish those purple ones lived around here. Beautiful! 🙂


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