We had a pet mourning dove, Lonesome Dove, for over 14 years. The dove's call is one of the most soothing, mellow, and beautiful in the entire Bird Kingdom. This from a drab little creature. Notice how most birds with spectacular plumage have harsh and grating voices. Love birds, parrots, and cockatiels may be popular pets, but they have noisy and super-irritating shrieks!