The mourning dove (tourterelle triste in French) is so called because of its sad-sounding call, which you can hear at All About Birds if you scroll about halfway down the page. It’s a common bird in North America, and small as it is (86 – 170 grams or 3 – 6 oz), it is hunted.
Yesterday morning, I wandered, bleary eyed, across my living room and caught sight of this mourning dove sitting on my balcony rail, apparently contemplating the view. She obligingly stayed until I had taken her picture. I hope she’ll be back.