A medium-sized long-tail hawk with small wings. V-shaped flies with wings, low over open fields and marshes, listening to mice hiding below. Distinctive foraging behavior in all plumage and conspicuous white rump patch. There are wet brown females. Adult males with black wingtips are gray above and whiteish below.
They have large, rounded wings, and they have long tails. The comparatively long secondary flight feathers give a curved or bulging look to the trailing edge of the wing; in flight, the wingtips may look pointed.
One of our most ordinary bird noises is the mournful cooing of the Grief Dove. This is one of our most ordinary species, frequently numerous in open country and along roadsides, from Southern Canada to central Mexico. With the opening of the forest, the European settlement of the continent possibly allowed this species to increase.