Pigeon markings very varied in colour from blue- grey through blues, purples,whites and red.

A wide variety of habitats from cities to rural areas and using offices, factories, shops and other buildings for roosting sites.

There are over 300 species of pigeons around the world. Feral pigeons are thought to have descended from domesticated strains of the rock dove. In the wild it then bred with racing pigeons.

Pigeons can breed all year round, but the peak season runs from March to late April. The nests are made from any type of material available, normally grass and twigs but sometimes wire, cable ties and other scrap materials are used.
A normal clutch consists of two eggs, these eggs are then incubated for 18-19 days, when the eggs hatch the young are fed twice a day.

Fledging takes around 30-32 days and a new clutch can be laid when the first young are only three weeks old.

Normally pigeons have 4-5 clutches per year but it has been known for them to have up to nine.

Bird droppings can look unsightly and can cause damage to buildings through direct chemical action from their droppings.

Pigeons can also be a threat to human health as they can carry a number of diseases.

Pigeons also carry many unpleasant insects in their feathers which include fleas, mites, ticks, lice, carpet beetles and many others.

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