Why Are There So Many Doves In Argentina? | Southern Outfitting

A band of land in the northern part of Argentina has the perfect soil, climate, and rainfall. This area is roughly 300,000 square miles, or the size of Texas and Ohio combined.

Because the area has such fertile soil and the perfect climate for agriculture, this region is the world’s 4th largest producer of corn, the 3rd largest producer of soybean, the 8th largest producer of sorghum, and the 8th largest producer of peanuts. These agricultural statistics are impressive, especially considering the country uses less than 1/3 of its geography for agriculture.

Unlike most areas in the world, in this agricultural region, Argentina has a crop turnover 3 times a year. In addition to 3 crop turnovers, the farmers in Argentina stagger the sowing of their fields so they can harvest over a larger period. The acts of staggering sowing, staggered harvest, and 3 crops turn a year means there is good on the ground effectively every day of the year.

The excellent climate, the tremendous amount of agriculture, ample access to water and roosting grounds, and the farming practices create the perfect habit for the dove.

Along with the perfect habitat for doves, over the last 100 years, the genetic, natural trigger to migrate has been turned off. There is no reason for the Argentina dove to migrate as everything the dove needs is there for them. Their food, water, and shelter are inside the region; the change in weather is not extreme, as in this region, the average temperature is around 75 degrees F, with lows in the winter months around 44 degrees F and highs in the summer months around 93 degrees F.

In this area, there are an estimated 200 million doves that, for the most part, do not migrate and certainly don’t migrate outside of the agricultural region.
The dove finds home in roosts that cover thousands of acres and do nothing but eat, drink and make babies.

A breeding pair of doves often breeds 5 times in one year and produces as many as 3 eggs. These eggs hatch in 12-14 days, turn to fledglings in 9 days, and just 45 days after hatch, the new doves can begin breeding. This breeding pair is responsible for approximately 15 doves in one year, effectively increasing the population by 7.5 times. Still, one must extrapolate, as the first eggs laid in the year begin to reproduce only 45 days later. These 15 doves produce 112 doves in 45 days; these 112 doves produce 840 doves just 45 days later; these 840 doves produce 6300 doves in just 45 days; these 6300 doves produce over 47,000 doves in the just 45 days. Now it gets staggering as the 47,000 doves are responsible for over 352,000 doves.

Beyond these 5 breeding cycles in one year, a person will need a scientific calculator and an advanced math degree to calculate the astonishing volume of doves one breeding pair is, directly and indirectly, responsible for in just one year.


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