Signs of pigeons
Pigeons are common birds found in urban and rural areas around the world. They are often considered pests due to their tendency to roost and nest in buildings, leave droppings that can be unsightly and corrosive, and potentially carry diseases. Here are some signs of pigeons in your vicinity:
- Sightings: The most obvious sign of pigeons is seeing them. Pigeons have a distinctive appearance with plump bodies, small heads, and a grey-blue or grey-brown coloration. They typically have a white patch on their neck and two dark wing bars. Their cooing vocalisations are also characteristic.
- Nesting Sites: Pigeons often nest in or around buildings, bridges, ledges, and other structures. Look for nests made of twigs, leaves, and debris, often in sheltered areas like eaves, balconies, and window sills.
- Droppings: Pigeon droppings are a common sign of their presence. The droppings are typically white and can accumulate on surfaces below their roosting or perching sites. Over time, pigeon droppings can damage buildings and structures due to their corrosive nature.
- Feathers: Pigeon feathers may be found in and around areas where they congregate or roost.
- Coos and Sounds: Pigeons are known for their cooing sounds, which can be heard throughout the day, especially during their mating season. These sounds can be distinctive and may help you identify their presence.
- Flock Behaviour: Pigeons are social birds and often congregate in large flocks, particularly in areas where they can find food and water sources. You may see groups of pigeons feeding on the ground or perched on buildings.
- Damaged Crops or Gardens: In rural areas, pigeons can be a nuisance to farmers and gardeners as they may feed on crops and plants.
- Food Sources: Pigeons are opportunistic feeders and will scavenge for food in parks, near trash cans, and in outdoor eating areas. Evidence of their feeding activity, such as scattered food scraps, can be a sign of their presence.
- Disease Concerns: Pigeons can carry diseases such as salmonellosis and histoplasmosis, which can pose health risks to humans. Be cautious if you see a large population of pigeons in areas frequented by people.
- Nesting Materials: Pigeons may gather nesting materials such as twigs, leaves, and grass. If you find these materials in or around your property, it may indicate pigeon nesting activity.
If pigeon infestations persist, consider seeking the help of pest control experts to manage the issue safely and effectively.
How we deal with pigeons
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