Typical signs for pigeons
- Pigeon approach
- Nesting pigeons on roofs or in-wall heels
- Scattered nesting material as well as dirt and feathers from nests
- Damaged warehouse goods
- Faeces deposits
Whereabouts of pigeons
- Pigeons occur mainly in cities and the surrounding area.
- They are mostly found on tall buildings and flat roofs.
- Balconies, wall heels, chimneys, gutters and shafts are preferred nesting places for pigeons.
- Every gap of 50 mm or more offers pigeons a chance to penetrate buildings.
- To gain access to roofs, they also move loose or damaged tiles.
Feral city pigeon / domestic pigeon
(Columba livia forma domestica)
- The feral city pigeon is about 32 cm tall.
- Their weight is between 300 and 350 g.
- The plumage of the city pigeon is blue-grey. Often there are also different colour variants.
- Their reputation is a typically hollow coo.
- The primary breeding season of the feral city pigeon is from March to September, but it can also be year-round if the food is cheap.
- Usually, there are 2 to 3 broods per year.
- Each clutch contains two eggs.
- The breeding season is between 17 and 19 days.
- The young birds stay in the nest for 35 to 37 days until they can fly and leave it independently.
Way of life
- The feral city pigeon lives in cities and the surrounding area.
- She stays in constant proximity to her sleeping place.
- The city pigeon feeds mainly on seeds, green fodder and household waste.
- It nests mainly on wall projections, ledges, inside caves or comparable places on buildings, sometimes also in closed rooms that can be reached through windows or the like.