What is Wood Pigeon?
What is Wood Pigeon?
Wood Pigeon is one of the abundant species in London. These creatures got expanded its species range from woodland to parks, gardens and residential areas. Wood Pigeon is the most invited pest for the agricultural farmland having crops like brassicas, cabbage, berries, and seeds. The wood Pigeon visits your gardens for the reason of food and water.
Another side Wood Pigeon is a good-looking bird for this reason wood Pigeons are the most welcomed guest for some of the garden feeding stations.
In most for the UK gardens, you can see at least one or two Wood Pigeon near the feeders and clear up all the dropped seeds.
Even someone got confused with Wood Pigeon and Dove, both having the same creature, but you can easily identify the Wood Pigeon by its White color around its neck collar.
Diet and Food nature of Wood Pigeon
All veggies are the favorite diet of Wood Pigeon and this the reason to consider this species as a pest. They eat vegetables like cabbage, grains, seeds, and buds. If they found any type of seeds in the garden, then it makes their entry.
History of Wood Pigeon
The Wood Pigeon increased rapidly in the mid of 1970s. The rapid increase is due to the spread of cereal and brassica cultivation. The availability of winter food crops is the advantage of birds like Wood Pigeon to survive.
Nesting and breeding
The nests are mostly built in a tree, sometimes the nests are not enough for the bird’s size and weight. Even the old nests of another kind of species are used by Wood Pigeon. The breeding happens tow to three times a year. Both the parent Pigeon will take its turns to incubate. During the breeding season, Wood pigeons are behaving like wild species for hunting the foods and in normal days they behave very socially like a normal bird to find their foods.
What is Common Wood Pigeon?
The common Wood Pigeon is the European species, migrated into the farmlands during the harvested months.
The most common pigeon looks like bluish grey and slightly faded color on the wings. The feathers are black in color and edges covered with some white color. The tail is white, and you can see some white stripe on the closed wings. The breast is mild pink and belly turns creamy-white and flanks are grey in color.
You can see some white patches on the neck side along with the purple-pink shade and greenish feathers. The head is bluish grey, greenish eye-ring, legs, base, and feet are reddish.
The female Pigeon also looks similar to a small white patch on the neck side and dull-colored breast. The eyes are darker and mostly appear in grey color with yellowish ting.
The subspecies of Wood Pigeon
Palumbus – These kinds of Pigeons are found in Europe, Siberia, and Iraq also in Africa in Winter.
Madeia – Looks duller with smaller neck patches.
Excelsa- Looks brighter when compare to Madiea
Iranica- Mostly found on Iran, looks like pale whitish color and yellowish color.
Casiotis – It has creamy neck patches available on Afghanistan, Pakistan and Kazakhstan
How to get rid of Wood Pigeons in the UK?
In the UK, you can see pigeons everywhere you go and mostly you can spot them on building roof at residence or at the workstation. Not only they create noise also create some mess and damage your expensive roof tiles or glass.
Same as common flies, it carries diseases and drops some vermin such as warms, rats or other pests into your property, which cause additional problems to your property.
DIY prevention methods
- Always keep any food items away
- Seal the roof opening
- Remove fruit trees from your garden
- Put Cap on chimneys
- Don’t place any bird feeders nearer
Home remedies that help to get rid of Pigeons.
There are some recommended and tested home remedies to get rid of Wood pigeons. You can apply this method to other birds too
Get rid of wood pigeons with spices:
Home stored spices like pepper, chili powder, turmeric powder, garlic, and cinnamon are effective repellents. Go to your rooftop and sprinkle some quantity of these species.
This method will be ineffective if any sudden rain occurs. The spices will get washes away with the rainwater and the potency level will get decrease.
Place some Decoy Birds to scare Pigeons:
Decorate some birds like statues or flying kites and place that decoy on the traffic of Wood pigeon and just tie on your roof. This method will stop the nesting of Wood pigeons on your rooftop. The approach of pigeon will get reduce if they find any birds like creatures.
This method of the decoy is also effective only for a very short period because they will start to approach your place if they recognize they are just an object and not a real one.
Place some sticky substance to get rid of pigeons:
Sticky substances like honey and environmentally safe get based liquids are used as the repellent for a temporary solution. Due to its slippery layer, the traffic of Pigeons and other birds will get reduce.
Same as spices, this method is having to be reapplied on a certain frequency of time interval to maintain the effectiveness. Also, another concern with this method is it hurts yourself and the possibility of roof damage. If you are unsure about the trail methods, you can speak directly to the experts who can fix this kind of pest problem without any damage.
Spraying water On Pigeons
This is the solution that works only for some time, you can spray water on the pigeons with pressure water spray. This can scare them, and it takes more time to visit back to your place. But they will return surely after some time period if they found no nest or water source on your roof again. Even they visit on alternate times.
Once your home remedies don’t work, it’s the time to call your nearby Pest Exterminators who can solve all your pest problems. Select the verifies pest control services that offer effective and efficient services that make wood pigeons away from your Premises. They handle the following methods to get rid of pigeons from your place permanently
- Birds Netting
- Bird spike
- Anti-Pigeon wire
- Electric bird deterrent