Actual Size: 13.5 inches; 10-13 oz in weight

Characteristics: Gray or blue with various markings.

Habitat: Nests on windows, traffic lights, and other residential areas near humans.


  • Also known as rock doves.
  • Can carry or transmit candidiasis, salmonellosis, and cryptococcosis.
  • Year-round breeders with peak mating seasons occurring in spring and fall.

Pigeons in Bristol

Pigeons are the most common pest bird in urban environments. For the most part, pigeons are characterized by their short necks and proportionately small heads. They are usually a gray or blue in color with various color markings. They are likely most known for their feasting habits—pigeons will happily eat just about anything they can find, from seeds and grains to garbage. In addition to being a nuisance, pigeon droppings can transmit a number of diseases and pigeons themselves can carry parasites, fleas, ticks, and more.

Pigeon Habitat

In the wild, pigeons often live on or near large, rocky cliffs. In cities and towns, pigeons are dependent on humans to provide them with food, roosting, and nesting sites. These birds nest on window ledges, roofs, in air conditioning units, traffic lights, commercial signs, and under bridges. Although they prefer grain and seed, pigeons consume garbage, insects, bread, and other handouts from people. Wherever they nest, food and water are often in plentiful supply, but when it isn’t, the birds seek resources from nearby rural or undeveloped areas that are generally within their flight range. Pigeons can breed year-round, and peak mating seasons are spring and fall.

Pigeon Behavior & Dangers

The serious and constant public health problems feral pigeons create are unmatched by any other bird species. Pigeons are known to carry or transmit several diseases and their droppings and feathers can contaminate food destined for human consumption. Their droppings deface and accelerate the deterioration of homes and buildings and also contaminate areas where people walk or work. Pigeon droppings and nests clog gutter downspouts and air intakes, mar window sills, and render fireplaces and fire escapes hazardous. Pigeon ectoparasites include chewing lice, ticks, and mites, some of which bite people, which is why control of this common urban pest should always be a priority.

If you discover pigeons roosting on your property, contact a professional bird control company immediately to discuss a course of pigeon control.