Doves are known for poor nest construction and inappropriate nesting sites. Their nest is usually a fragile, shallow platform of twigs on the branch of a shrub, tree or even sometimes on the ground. Wild Birds Unlimited does have nesting shelves or platforms that can be installed on trees and the sides of houses to help Doves and Robins with nesting.
Doves, like a lot of birds, rely on camouflage to protect them from predators’ attacks. Sometimes they remain still until danger passes or they may leave the nest as danger approaches, to lure the predator away.
Fortunately, Mourning Doves can be found throughout most of North America and are considered among the top ten most abundant birds in the United States. Certain doves may breed several times in a breeding season, from February to October.
The average longevity for a typical adult is only about 1.5 years and the mortality rate of juveniles can be as high as 70% in their first year of life. But they can also be the longest lived bird found in North America. Bird banding research recorded one Mourning Dove more than 31 years old.