WANTED: DEAD OR ALIVE
The pigeon that plagued the streets
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.
- 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.