Bird ID Challenge

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This afternoon my daughter Rebecca observed this beautiful bird eating what appears to have been a Mourning Dove.  This event occurred in our front yard in the Brookside area of Kansas City, Missouri.   Even though we were on our way out the door I took the time to capture a few images, one of which is shown above. 

ID the bird and identify important characteristics that distinguish this bird from other birds that it is related to.  Stan or Brad will confirm your identification.