The majority of dove species do mate for life, although if a mate dies, the survivor finds another partner. In the wild, doves rarely live longer than five years, but domestic doves can live 20 years or more.
Do doves keep the same partner?
It’s fairly common to see two mourning doves cuddling with each other. Mating pairs are monogamous and often mate for life.
Do doves only have one partner?
Although a number of dove species are lifelong mates, some mate for a particular breeding season only. Doves do form persistent pairs, and it is believed that it’s advantageous for them to make partners for life because of their short lifespan. Persistent pairing reduces the time to find and bond with another dove.
How do doves find their mate?
When a male is ready to mate, he circles in a courtship flight and chases rivals from an area where he desires to nest. To lure in a mate, he perches in an open area and sings a lilting coo that is louder than his usual call. Once he has attracted a mate, they pair for life.
How many times does a dove mate?
They have been known to reuse the same nest for five sets of eggs in a single season. Usually 2 – 3 broods raised each season. The peak of the breeding season is April – July although they may breed as late as October in some areas.
What happens to a dove when it loses its partner?
The doves have been known to watch over their deceased mates and try to care for them, and to return to the place where the birds died. It’s best not to attach human emotions to animals, but it does appear the surviving birds feel the loss. The doves will eventually move on and find new mates.