Poison It is illegal to use poisoned baits or other types of poison against birds. Attempts to sterilise pigeons with baits containing chemo-sterilants has not worked in practice and experiments with sleeping pills so that experts could collect the stunned birds have not been very promising. Shooting It is legal to shoot some birds on […]
Latin: Passer domestica. Both in terms of food and choice of birthplace the house sparrow is dependent on people. Nests are often placed close together in colonies. When a sparrow has bred somewhere, it will usually stay there for life, which can be 3-4 years. The house sparrows which are sedentary birds, is at their […]
Latin: Columba livia domestica. The domestic pigeons roosting on and in buildings are astray descendants of the ordinary pigeons. Like their ancestors, the European rock doves, they prefer to build nests up high on ledges. The pigeons can get by with very little nesting material. A pigeon’s nest is just a cake of excrement, held […]
Pigeons and sparrows are examples of animals that people often welcome, but in certain contexts they should be seen as pests. These two kinds of birds are not particularly afraid of people and they live mostly of grains, cereals and seeds. Once they have found a good spot with food in productions or warehouses, they […]
British studies have shown that hundreds of nests of sparrows, swallows, pigeons and jackdaws contain food pests. It is among others brown house moths, bacon beetles, yellow mealworm beetles, Australian spider beetles, drugstore beetles, silverfish, lesser house flies, flour mites and common house mites. The British conclusion that bird nests are breeding grounds for some […]
( Latin: Family Strigidae) Among the owls that breed from time to time in buildings perhaps the best known is the barn owl (Tyto alba) which frequently nests in farm buildings or on church towers. In some areas the little owl (Athene noctua) will also nest m buildings, mainly in farming country.
( Latin: Falco tinnunculus) This bird of prey often builds on church towers in the country, and is by no means uncommon as a breeding bird in towns and cities, particularly in southern Europe. On occasion they also use the deserted nests of crows or magpies. They feed mainly on mice, but also take quite […]
( Latin: Corvus monedula) In places without human habitation, jackdaws will build in hollow trees, but in towns and villages they find good nest sites on houses, and particularly in chimneys.
( Latin: Columba livia ) Wild rock doves build mainly on cliffs, often at a considerable height. The ordinary urban pigeons which nest on buildings in towns and cities belong to this species. They require very little nest material, and sometimes a nest consists only of a cake of droppings with a few straws or twigs. […]
( Latin: Passer domesticus) These familiar little birds are probably more dependent upon man than any other. They live in small colonies, and build their nests close together. House sparrows are stationary birds, and after they have started to breed in a place they will remain there for the remainder of their life which may […]
( Latin: Apus apus) Swifts originally nested in hilly country, but they are now much associated with buildings, such as churches, silos and factories, where they build high• up in sheltered, inaccessible places. They arrive in Britain in late April and May and start to collect nest material. This takes place in the air, where they […]
Several birds have come to depend upon buildings when looking for a suitable nesting site. These are birds which have originally built on cliffs or in hollow trees, and each species chooses a position on the building which corresponds with its original nesting habits. In most cases birds are regarded as welcome guests, and many […]
( Latin: Isoptera ) These birds are specialised for life in trees. They climb with the help of strong claws and use the powerful chisel-shaped bill for chopping a way through bark and soft wood in order to reach insect larvae, and also for making their nest holes. They are rarely regarded as pests but in certain […]
( Latin: Passer domesticus) This is normally a harmless, quite attractive small bird when it builds in the eaves of a house (p. 183), but in food factories and stores it can do a lot of damage, and has been called a winged rat! Sparrows eat foods, foul them with their droppings and peck holes […]
( Latin: Class Aves)