Feral pigeons come in all shades, some bluer, others blacker - some are pale grey with darker chequered markings, others an unusual shade of dull brick-red or cinnamon-brown, and still others can be or less white while others look exactly like wild rock doves. In urban areas where the numbers are allowed to increase they can become pests.
Sometimes known as “flying rats”, they are birds which are descended from Rock doves and which interbreed with escaped racing pigeons and pigeons from domestic pigeon lofts. Their colours vary considerably from blue-grey, through blues, reds, mottled patterns and charcoal to almost pure white
Where to see them
Over recent years there has been a marked increase in the numbers of these birds. They have thrived in our cities and towns by adapting to life, roosting and breeding in the seemingly inhospitable environment provided by tall buildings and other structures that provide a small amount of shelter (habitats very similar to the cliff homes of their ancestors). Balconies, flat roofs, ledges, loft spaces and empty buildings are often used if the birds have access.
What they eat
Their natural food is grain and green vegetable matter
March To July (can breed all year)
Effective Pigeon Control Deterrents
, Pigeon Netting
, Acoustic Bird Deterrents
, Decoys, Post & Wire
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