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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-29-2018, 06:55 PM Thread Starter
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Dove Banding

I did not know Doves could live to be 30 years old.

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"Record-setting dove life spans also can be documented through banding: Mourning Doves can live to be more than 30 years old! The national longevity record for a Mourning dove comes from a male dove banded in Georgia in 1968 and shot in Florida in 1998. Longevity records for doves in other regions of the U.S. range from 9 to 19 years. For doves banded in Pennsylvania, the record life span was held by a bird of at least 8 years of age. This bird was banded as an adult near Reading in 2005, and was harvested by a hunter less than 2 miles away in December 2012. Our oldest dove recovered alive was first banded at Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area as an adult in 2007, then re-trapped and released by Game Commission biologist Jack Gilbert in the same location in 2012, making it at least 6 years old."
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-29-2018, 06:58 PM
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I always thought 2-3 yrs.

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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-29-2018, 07:20 PM
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I'm sure the average dove probably has a lifespan of considerably less than 30 years. Consider predation, and all the other ways they get taken out, as well as by hunters. My guess is they probably don't last more than a year or two. Its probably the extremely lucky bird that makes it past 3 years, same with deer.
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-31-2018, 04:58 PM
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I would never have believed doves could live to be 30 years old. Are we certain that Florida hunter didn't just find a band in his old grandad's vest and turn it in?
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 09-01-2018, 07:44 PM
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That sure is a lot more believable, isn't it?
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