Wanted: The Common Pigeon

Invasive Species

The Common Pigeon, also known as Columba Livia, also known as, Non-indigenous Pigeonous

Key Characteristics

Length: 29-37 cm

Wingspan: 62-72 cm

Weight: 238-380 g

Dark, gray-blue head, neck and body with yellowish, greenish, reddish-purple along the neck and some feathers.

The two black bars on their wings make them for distinctive.

Last Seen

The population of pigeons is widely global. They have been seen in western and southern Europe,North Africa, and into South Asia with roots in Southern Asia and Israel; however, the main issue is the presence of this invasive species in North America.

Suspected HIdeouts

The pigeon's habitat was originally on coasts and natural cliffs, but the domesticated pigeon is very common within cities and is considered the biggest bird problem in the United States. The map below shows the spread of the pigeon population within the United States as well as Canada and Mexico throughout the year.
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Crimes Committed

Pigeon droppings are harmful to the environment by killing vegetation and accelerating the deterioration of buildings especially in big cities where the pigeon population is high.

They carry an unpleasant odor.

Pigeons can carry and spread diseases through their droppings.

They damage property by living in such dense populations and with such close proximity to humans.

They carry parasites such as mice and lice.


Pigeons are referred to as pests with an unpleasant odor. Once the pests (and the odor) are eliminated, people can live as they please without the harm of pigeon droppings. There will no longer be the threat of pigeons attacking vegetation. There will no longer be structural damage due to pigeons if the species is gone altogether. People will no longer be afraid of potentially being infected with a fungal disease carried by the pigeons.