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Most Common Bird Pests Species

Some bird species can be considered pests due to their potential to cause damage to property, transmit diseases, or create noise and sanitation issues.

Although many birds are important parts of the ecosystem, some of them can be very damaging to gardens and other properties.

Published: July 14, 2023.

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Some of the most common bird pests include:

  • Pigeons (Columba livia domestica): Pigeons are the most widespread urban bird pests. They can cause damage to buildings and monuments due to their acidic droppings, create unsanitary conditions, and transmit diseases to humans.
  • House sparrows (Passer domesticus): These small birds can cause damage to crops, gardens, and buildings by nesting in eaves, gutters, and other structural crevices. They can also spread diseases and parasites.
  • European starlings (Sturnus vulgaris): Starlings are known for their large, noisy flocks and can cause damage to crops and infrastructure, as well as compete with native bird species for nesting sites and food resources.
  • Seagulls (Larus spp.): These coastal birds can become pests in urban areas where they scavenge for food, create noise, damage property, and spread diseases through their droppings.
  • Crows and ravens (Corvus spp.): These intelligent birds can cause crop damage, scavenge for food in urban areas, and create noise issues. They may also pose a threat to smaller bird species by preying on their eggs and young.
  • Woodpeckers (Picidae family): Some woodpecker species can cause damage to wooden structures, such as siding and fences, as they search for insects or create nesting cavities.

While these bird species can be considered pests in some situations, it's essential to remember that they also play crucial roles in ecosystems by controlling insect populations, pollinating plants, and dispersing seeds.

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Effective bird control should focus on humane and non-lethal methods that minimize harm to the birds while addressing the issues they cause.

For more about birds as pests but also as helpful residents of your garden, feel free to check the following:



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