her mate flies off and doesnt return? I think he will return if he can but there are many flying predators so Im a little worried and want to know if the female will accept a new mate worst case senerio. He has been gone a few hours. He got out when I was cleaning their cage. He escaped once when he was very young but stayed close and in the yard. I lured him back with food. This time he made a bee-line for the park behind my house. Any experience with a mate leaving or dying from a ring-neck dove pair? They have been together for about two years and have reared 4 or so pairs of squab.