||Varies but commonly gray with a whitish rump, two black bars on wing feathers and a broad black band on the tail; red feet
||Up to about 11 inches; weight up to about 13 ounces
||Found throughout U.S.
Pigeons, also known as Rock Doves, are monogamous and will lay
one to two eggs which hatch within eighteen days. Young are fed
"pigeon milk" which is regurgitated food from both males and
females. While mating occurs year round, the peak mating seasons
are spring and fall.
Pigeons prefer grains for food and people will commonly feed
pigeons unintentionally by spilling food or it in open trash
containers. Pigeons roost in areas above ground and will readily
nest in steeples, as well as voids on outside areas of buildings
and other protected areas.
Pigeons are dependent on humans to provide them with food,
roosting and nesting sites. They are commonly found around
agricultural areas as well as warehouses, feed mills, and grain
elevators. They are also commonly found in cities around parks,
buildings, bridges, and any other structures.
Pigeons are filthy birds, causing disease and damage. Their
droppings are known for triggering human slips and falls, as well
as accelerating the aging of structures and statues. This makes it
imperative to get rid of pigeons in highly trafficked areas. More
seriously, pigeons may carry diseases such as cryptococcosis,
toxoplasmosis, salmonella, food poisoning, and more. Also, their
droppings may harbor the growth of fungus which causes
histoplasmosis. Other pests may live on these birds, including
fleas, lice, mites, ticks, and other pests. Pests may also infest
nests such as stored product pests.