(Columba livia)

Introduction: Feral (Wild) pigeons are one of the most commonly birds encountered in a city and as such are one of the most easily recognized bird species by everyone. However, at times the pigeon could be confused with native doves and band tail pigeons. Pigeons are about 13” long, have a wingspan of approximately 27” and distinctive twin black bars across the wings. They have a dark bluish-grey head, neck and chest, with a green to reddish purple iridescence around the neck and wing feathers.

Habits: Feral pigeons have adapted very well to man-made environments and are the most troublesome nuisance bird pest in urban areas and small communities. Breeding can occur year-round, although peak reproduction is in the spring and summer and feral pigeons can live 4-15 years in urban conditions. Pigeon droppings deface and can accelerate the deterioration of statues, buildings and equipment, and foul areas where people lounge or work. Most importantly, feral pigeons are of public health concern since they are known to carry or transmit encephalitis, Newcastle disease, histoplasmosis, pseudotuberculosis, and salmonella food poisoning.

Control: Proper sanitation, such as removal of spilled food or refuse, can aid greatly in reducing the attractiveness of an area to pigeons. However, successful reduction depends heavily on the situation and if all food sources could be effectively removed. Yet, the best solution for feral pigeons nesting or roosting in or on structures is by professional exclusion. Cook’s utilizes tried and true methods for controlling nuisance birds around your home or place of business. Call us today to discuss the problems you may be experiencing and allow us to help you solve your nuisance bird problem.

About Nuisance Birds

Although birds are a welcome site and a beautiful addition to creation, they can sometimes become pests. Nuisance birds can be destructive to your yard, garden, home or place of business and can be a health hazard due to the transmission of diseases.