Pigeons

Identification

  • Colour Blue-grey plumage with iridescent throat feathers
  • Size From 29 cm to 37 cm in length, with a wingspan of 62 cm to 72 cm
  • Also known as Rock dove, Rock pigeon
  • Description Have dark, blue-grey heads with glossy yellow, greenish and reddish-purple markings along their neck and wing feathers. Their tail is usually dark tipped.

General Facts

Why do I have pigeons?

The pigeon, also called the rock dove or rock pigeon, builds nests along coastal cliffs, as well as artificial cliffs created by tall urban buildings with accessible ledges and roof spaces. In rural areas, they will eat grass seeds, berries, insects, and spiders.In urban environments, they will scavenge anything they can find, including dropped food, stale bread discarded by restaurants and supermarkets, and bird seed handed out by tourists.

How worried should I be about pigeons?

Pigeons transmit potentially fatal diseases, including chlamydiosis, histoplasmosis, yersiniosis, salmonellosis, toxoplasmosis, and tuberculosis. Their feces often contain the fungal disease cryptococcosis, which is especially dangerous for people with compromised immune systems. Pigeons are almost universally considered a nuisance and urban pest. However, it's still crucial to ensure you follow regulations when removing these birds. A professional, licensed pest control service will make sure your pigeon problem is eliminated legally.

How can I prevent pigeons invading?

Eliminate food sources, including bird feeders for other species, Repair and seal any exterior cavities where birds can nest, Place fake statuettes of predatory birds near ledges, Generate loud noises and/or water sprays to scare them away

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