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Pigeon

Bird: Columba Livia Domestica

 

Characteristics

The Feral Pigeon is about 32cm tall, is normally blue/grey in colour

Habitat & History

Pigeons nest on buildings, on ledges they eat seeds and domestic scraps, they normally live in cities, where they also roost. They are found in large flock and have defined nesting, eating and resting areas. Pigeon nests can contain a large variety of lice and insects.
The pigeon can reproduce up to twice a year and produce up to four young.Pigeons cause many problems including fouling of buildings, hazards to pedestrians and drivers, they encourage other pests and insects and can transmit diseases.

Control / Treatment

  • Netting
  • Anti roost system
  • Trapping
  • Shooting
  • Scaring

 


 

 

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Starling

 

Bird: Sternus Vulgaris

Characteristics

Starlings are well adapted to urban life which offer it an abundance of food and nesting sites. It is a muscular bird about eight inches long with long wings and a short squared tail. Starlings are very aggressive and will drive native birds out of their territory, much to the dismay of local bird watchers. Starlings are well noted for their flocking habits. They often gather in the tens of thousands, creating a nuisance when roosting in populated areas

Habitat & History

The starling was introduced from Europe in the 19th century. It did not spread as fast and only reached the western coast within the last few decades. Starlings live in pairs to breed. They live in trees or eaves of buildings, eating animal and vegetables foodstuff, they normally feed away from where they roost. During Autumn and Winter the number of Starlings in Britain will increase by 400% because of migration. A large flock may feed over a radius of 20 miles. Starlings have up to seven eggs in a batch and can breed up to twice a year.

Control / Treatment

  • Netting
  • Noise Makers
  • Trapping

 

 


 

 

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Collared Dove

Bird: Streptopelia Decaocto

Characteristics

Collared Doves about 27cm tall and have a distinguishing black band around the neck and white tipped tail feathers.

Habitat & History

Collared Doves are part of the Pigeon family. They nest in trees, eating seeds and grains and feed near their nests. They are found in flocks and have similar characteristics of pigeons. Collared Doves can have up to 8 young per a year.Doves eat a wide variety of grain and natural weeds, they often roost in parks, gardens and around domestic properties.

Control / Treatment

  • Netting
  • Anti roost systems
  • Trapping
  • Scaring
  • Shooting

 


 

 

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Sparrow

Bird: Passer Domesticus

 

Characteristics

House sparrows have a wingspan of 14-16cm and weigh 27-39g. They have a body length of 15cm. Male house sparrows have streaked brown plumage with pale cheeks, a grey crown and black bib. The females are paler and without the patterned head Sparrows are social and gregarious, and are often found in small flocks. Communal roosts are important for them. They feed on the ground and in vegetation, but will also chase flying insects in flight.

Habitat & History

Sparrows nest in holes and construct domed nests.
Sparrows are clever hunters and will pick their way into bags etc to get food.
Sparrows nest on and in buildings, they eat all sorts of insects and seeds, they don't feed by their roosting site. Sparrows can have up to 5 young, 3 times a year. House sparrows only mate for a season. They average three broods per mating season with each brood containing four to seven eggs with 20 offspring a year average. Egg coloration will be white, pale blue or pale green with a few grey or brown dots. If unchecked, a breeding pair can grow to over 2,000 birds in two to three years.

Control / Treatment

  • Netting
  • Trapping
  • Shooting