Also known as city doves or street pigeons, they are descended from wild rock doves. They thrive in an urban environment and only require the smallest amount of shelter on buildings.

Fast Facts

Color Characterized by its dark-gray head with an iridescent sheen, light-gray back, and wings with two dark bands.
Size 12 1/2″ long and weigh 9-13 oz.
Appearance Larger and plumper than a mourning dove, pigeons are tubby birds with small heads and short legs. Their wings are broad but pointed and the tail is wide and rounded.


Although a pigeon’s natural food source is grain and seeds, they survive in towns and cities by scavenging processed food matter, especially food from trash cans.

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Habitat & Nesting

Pigeons like to shelter in seemingly inhospitable areas of tall buildings. They will make use of balconies, ledges, flat roofs, guttering and loft spaces in particular, as they are capable of lifting damaged or loose roof coverings to force entry. The nest is a flimsy, saucer-like in shape and made of stems, and leaves.

Mating & Life Cycle

Pigeons have two to three broods per year, with two eggs in each. There is a 17-19 day incubation period and then the young spend 35-37 days in the nest. Pigeons live 4-12 years.

Infestation & Damage

If you regularly notice flocks of pigeons, nesting materials, or droppings around your property, you may have an infestation problem. The presence of pigeons and their feces represents a potential health hazard to people.

Serious Diseases

Pigeons are carriers of diseases such as salmonella and psittacosis (commonly known as pigeon fancier’s lung).


Droppings provide the ideal environment for organisms causing diseases to thrive. Pigeon droppings and pigeon debris not only look unpleasant, but they can directly damage the structure of a building due to the concentration of uric acid found in droppings. Pigeon droppings can erode metal, stain wood, discolor paint, and damage stone and brickwork (tar based roofing materials are particularly vulnerable to this type of erosion).

Loss of Customers

Large quantities of droppings and the presence of pigeons on properties could cause customers to turn away from businesses.

Other Pests

Pigeons are hosts to fleas and other parasites such as ticks and bird mites. These pests can be spread to other hosts, including people.

Drainage Problems

Nest debris and feathers can also block gutters and rainwater drainage systems, potentially leading to damage to your business from water penetration.

Prevention & Control

Pigeon Prevention

One of the most successful long term measures for pigeon control is removal of their food source, however in busy urban areas this is not always practical. There is a range of pigeon deterrent solutions available for commercial properties, which could help to prevent pigeons from roosting and nesting on your property, including netting, spikes or electrical deterrents.

Pigeon Control

Bird Control Services provide customized solutions to address bird concerns through removal, exclusion and deterrence. Factors which determine the best method of control include: area of application, bird species, location, access. Spikes, netting and electrical deterrents are the most commonly used solutions.

Bird services are limited to commercial clients.