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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’. However, 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.
The peak breeding season is between March and July, but feral pigeons can breed 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 the man from dry droppings, airborne spores, and respiratory droplets.
Pest Solutions have a team of specialist bird-control Technicians with years of experience, we can provide solutions to feral pigeon problems in most situations, techniques include: –