Birds

Birds are feathered, winged, egg-laying vertebrates. They spend most of their day gathering food to support their fast metabolism. Some birds eat a variety of foods while others prefer seeds, insects and worms. A few types of birds migrate far distances at certain times of the year, flying at night and feeding during the day.

PIGEONS

Pigeons are also known as “rock doves”. They are monogamous and will lay one to two eggs that hatch within eighteen days.

Food:
Baby pigeons mostly eat food that their parents eat. Adult pigeons eat almost any organic food that they find.

Habitation:
Pigeons build nests around farms, warehouses, mills and grain storage. They also inhabit parks, buildings and bridges in cities.

Impact:
Pigeons are very dirty because they do not really clean themselves and they will live almost anywhere, under almost any conditions. They can cause food poisoning and spread disease such as cryptococcosis, histoplasmosis, toxoplasmosis, salmonella. Their droppings can destroy buildings and statues. Other pests like fleas, lice, mites and ticks that also spread disease may live on these birds.

Prevention:

  • Make it hard for pigeons to build a nest.
  • Fill in any holes in your house and don’t leave a lot of open space on flat surfaces where they might be able to build a nest.
  • Keep all food and water out of their reach. Avoid leaving garbage lying around, do not leave food out, keep birdbaths clean and prevent littering.
  • Last but not the least ‘Do not feed the pigeons’!