Get the latest tips and news on other upland birds like Mourning Dove, Woodcock, Hungarian Partridge Hunting in your area. A fun upland bird to hunt, the Mourning Dove is one of the most abundant and widespread of all North American birds. It is also a leading gamebird, with more than 20 million birds (up to 70 million in some years) shot annually in the U.S., both for sport and for meat. Its ability to sustain its population under such pressure is due to its prolific breeding. A common upland bird, the Woodcock feed at night or in the evenings, searching for invertebrates in soft ground with their long bills. This habit and their unobtrusive plumage makes it difficult to see them when they are resting in the day. The last Upland Bird, the Hungarian Partridge are a seed-eating species, but the young in particular take insects as an essential protein supply. During the first 10 days of life, the young can only digest insects. The parents lead their chicks to the edges of cereal fields, where they can forage for insects.