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Feral Pigeons (Columba Livia sp) Print E-mail
The feral pigeon is found throughout the United Kingdom and in most other parts of the world. The pigeon is often associated with urban environments and as such is sometimes known as the 'town pigeon'. It is also found in rural situations such as on farms. Pigeons are typically 300 to 350 mm in size, and have blue-grey, red and black plumage. Nests are usually constructed of grass and twigs but sometimes contain rubbish such as pieces of plastic. Feral pigeons tend to scavenge food, often around food premises. Flocks of several hundred birds can be common where spillage is abundant. In urban environments, they are often encouraged by members of the public feeding them.
Historically, the feral pigeon descended from rock doves which explain why they often nest on buildings and other structures, under eaves, on ledges and on girders. The peak breeding season is between March and July but feral pigeons are capable of breeding all year round. The brood is usually two off-white eggs laid on consecutive days. Incubation lasts for about 18 days and the hatched chicks are fledged after about 30 days. Another clutch of eggs can be laid when the young are only 20 days old, thus producing up to nine broods per pair per year.
Birds and their droppings make buildings look unattractive and poorly maintained. The droppings can create a slip hazard, and its acidic characteristic eats away at stonework. The droppings also carry many bacteria that are injurious to man. Amongst the most common are Salmonella, Ornithosis and Psittacosis. These diseases are passed to man from dry droppings, airborne spores and respiratory droplets. Bird prevention is possible by many approved solutions, Netting, Gelling, Spring Wires, Spike System and Cleaning & Proofing. Pest Solutions UK offer all these services.
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