The Beast Inside The Beauty: The Feral Pigeon


The question as to whether beauty is a subjective quality or it is objective often attracts varied responses. However, a large number of people (both objective and subjective-minded) would agree that the pigeon is a beautiful creature.

From this point of view, it would seem that having a family or two of pigeons on the residential ledge or within the attic is not such a bad idea. This article answers a few questions about the feral pigeon in a bid to negate the above-mentioned notion.

What Does The Feral Pigeon Look Like?

The feral pigeon is a wild version of the domestic pigeon that a large number of people may have as pets. A homeowner looking to positively identify feral pigeons within or around the house should look for the following:

  • A blue-grey colour scheme on the bird and a white rump
  • Rainbow-like feathers on the bird's neck and head
  • Broad black bars that transverse each of the bird's wings
  • Brown or white plumage (in some pigeons).

What Are The Health Risks Associated With Feral Pigeons?

The pigeon itself does not often pose a health risk to a homeowner. However, homeowners exposed to this bird's droppings over a long period of time could develop a number of fungal health complications. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Histoplasmosis: This is a respiratory condition caused by a fungus that thrives in pigeon droppings. Individuals contract histoplasmosis when they inhale air-borne spores of the said fungus. Histoplasmosis can have a severely adverse effect on children whose immune systems are not yet fully developed.
  • Cryptococcosis: This condition leads to the development of lung tumors in an affected individual. However, cryptococcosis is often considered an opportunistic infection. In a large number of cases, those who develop this condition due to a long-term exposure to pigeon droppings have a pre-existing medical condition, which has weakened their immune system.

What Are Other Risks Associated With Feral Pigeon Infestations?

Other risks of having a family of pigeons in the attic include, but they're not limited to the following:

  • The risk of damage to roof-mounted air conditioning units and other structures that may serve as a habitat for the pigeons
  • The potential risk of physical damage to residential structures resulting from the corrosive nature of acidic pigeon droppings
  • The potential risk of clogged residential drains and gutters due to the accumulation of debris from roosting pigeon flocks.

Call in the pigeon control specialist and remove this dangerous pest from your home.


13 May 2016

Hunting for the Best: A Luxury Real Estate Blog

In the past few years, the Australian real estate market has boomed almost like never before. Many homes that were once considered just regular single-family homes are now priced as if they are luxury properties. If you are getting ready to buy a new home -- whether it's a luxury property or anything else -- you need tips and ideas to help you. Hello and welcome. My name is Amanda, and I recently upgraded from my flat to a luxury property. I wished that I had a buying guide or a blog to help me through the process, and because of that, I've decided to create this blog for other people who are looking for real estate. Enjoy.