The feral pigeons found in Florida and North America are extremely variable in coloration. They exhibit the full range of coloration that domestication and selective breeding have produced. All pigeons that were developed from rock doves have a white rump, usually a white diamond-shaped patch just above the tail feathers. In white birds the white rump blends with the general body color. Many pigeons have retained the ancestral rock dove coloration: gray body, darker gray head and neck, white rump, dark band on the end of the tail, dark wing tips, and two black stripes running along the back edge of each wing. The total length is around 11-13 inches (28-33 cm).
Pigeon droppings deface many urban buildings, monuments, and public spaces. The uric acid (white material) in their droppings is not just unsightly; it can damage the finish on buildings, automobiles, etc. Pigeons have been long associated with disease organisms transmissible to humans and livestock. These include 13 bacterial diseases including salmonella and tuberculosis, among many others.
Humane trapping and exclusion is the best way to solve a pigeon problem. It is encouraged to call a Nuisance Wildlife professional who has the means and knowledge to safely trap and relocate the pigeon.
Sparrows measure about 5 to 6.5 inches. The males are usually gray at the crown and rump with a black bib and bill, white cheeks and chestnut nape. The females are a dull brown with streaks above and dingy white below, with bold buffy eyelines.
They are found statewide and nest in man-made cavities. Sparrows compete with native species for food and nest sites, and may cause considerable crop damage. They consume and pollute livestock feed, foul buildings and city parks, and disseminate diseases.
The best way to rid your home or business of Sparrows is by exclusion. A professional wildlife trapper can use wire mesh to block all entrances to the building.
The European starling can be described as a medium-sized black bird with a short tail--total length is about 8.5 inches. Summer plumage is black with purple and green iridescence. The bill is yellow and the legs are reddish. Winter plumage is black with light colored tips on the feathers giving the birds a distinctly speckled appearance and the bill is dark. In flight, the starling has a distinctly triangular shape.
The large and noisy flocks of starlings that occur in Florida in the fall and winter can become a serious nuisance, damaging the trees by the sheer number of birds roosting in them. Many people find the loud noise from these flocks disturbing. The uric acid (white material) in their droppings can damage the finish on automobiles as well as being unsightly. Large populations of starlings in agricultural situations can cause significant economic losses due to consumption and contamination of livestock feed and stored grain, damage to fruit crops, especially blueberries, strawberries, and grapes, and they will cause some damage to tomatoes, peaches, figs, apples, and cherries as well. Starlings can also spread numerous mites and diseases.
Exclusion is always the best option to a nuisance wildlife situation as it prevents most situations from developing. Professional trappers have the equipment and knowledge to do a quality job for you.
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