Adult mourning doves live about two years in the wild. Some cases, however, have noted a life span of five, seven, and 10 years.
Subsequently, question is, do birds get sad when their babies die? Birds normally dont mourn the loss of young chicks. The parents are usually so preoccupied with making sure the remaining chicks stay alive that they dont really notice the death. The dead chick would be drained of all fluids so that it doesnt rot and pose any threat to the remaining babies.
Beside this, do mourning doves find new mates?
Studies show mourning doves do mate for life, but dove life isnt very long. Most only last several years before getting caught by hawks or cats, shot by hunters, etc. And when that happens, the surviving dove has to find a new mate.
Do Dove families stay together?
The mourning dove is monogamous and forms strong pair bonds. Pairs typically reconvene in the same area the following breeding season, and sometimes may remain together throughout the winter.