WANTED: DEAD OR ALIVE

The pigeon that plagued the streets

The common pigeon, Columba Livia also known as "flying rats"

Identifying Characteristics and Suspected Hideouts


Wild rock doves are pale grey with two black bars on each wing, while domestic and feral pigeons are very variable in colour and pattern. Small birds usually found in urban areas where they can eat from trash and streets. They travel in large groups but also often venture off alone depending in food availability. Dwell in smelly, dark, very unkept places so that they can not be as disturbed as they may be elsewhere and they fit in with the dirt.

Last Seen

These numerous birds moved here from Europe in the 1600s and have not left since. Egyptian hyroglyphics confirm that pigeons were domesticated nearly 5,000 years ago.

Crimes Committed

    Rock pigeons are known to transmit pigeon ornithosis, encephalitis, Exotic Newcastle Disease, cryptococcosis, toxoplasmosis, salmonella food poisoning, and several other diseases. Rock pigeons and their nests are infested with ectoparasites, such as ticks, fleas, and mites, which can cause health problems for humans.

Reward

For the elimination of this species the cities will be cleaner and less disease filled, the streets will be less crowded, and other areas will be safe from these birds spreading disease as they are known for it.