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70birds

That Nest in Birdhouses

70birds

That Nest in Birdhouses

70birds

That Nest in Birdhouses

See each species page for habits, geographic ranges and optimum locations and placement.

 

More than 70 North American bird species live in nest boxes or on platforms.

See which birds live near you. Learn about those birds and how to make birdhouses for them.

 

Even cities have large bird populations that live in birdhouses.

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Nest boxes simulate tree cavities.

Some birds that nest in tree cavities will also nest inside wood nest boxes if they are the right size.

Some birds that nest on tree branches, cliffs, and rock ledges will also nest on wood platforms.

Birds like birdhouses to be in their favorite places.

 

Pigeon

(Rock Pigeon, Rock Dove, Street Pigeon)

Columba livia

Order: Columbiformes
Family: Columbidae
Genus: Columba
Species: livia

La. columba dove, pigeon
La. forma form, kind, species
La. idae appearance, resemblance
La. livere blueish
La. liveus blue-grey

Painting of two pigeons in a grassy ocean shore habitat.

About 12 to 14 inches long and about 10 to 12 ounces more or less. Gray and blue-gray. Two black bands on wings. Darker wing tips and tails and sometimes on head, neck and breast. Unlimited variations in subsequent breeds and feral pigeons.

Rock pigeons are widespread throughout most of North America generally below 50 degrees latitude, further North along populated coastal areas.

Rock pigeons are widespread throughout most of North America generally below 50 degrees latitude, further North along populated coastal areas and also in regions usually surrounding more densely populated areas of southern South America, southern Africa, Asia and Australia. Various subspecies inhabit regions around the world.

Historically, wild pigeons nested on cliff face ledges, rocky shelters under ridges and various other land forms that provided protection and isolation across the Mediterranean region, Europe and western Asia. They were among the first wild animals to be domesticated around 10,000 years ago.

The rock dove is generally believed to be the ancestor of hundreds of breeds of domesticated pigeons which are cultivated today. Pigeons were used by militaries to carry messages during war and still today in the popular sports of pigeon homing and racing. Fancy pigeons are bred, sold and kept for their beautiful features. Pigeons are also raised for their meat which is considered a delicacy in some cultures.

And then there are the street pigeons, rock doves, subsequent breeds and feral pigeons that have thrived and proliferated mostly in cities from the lack of waste management and the popular practice of feeding pigeons in streets, plazas and parks.

These are the same pigeons numbering in the tens of millions that now reside throughout most of the non-polar world on farms, and country roads, in towns and cities, in city streets and plazas, on wires, rooftops, windows, window air conditioners, and ledges. They nest on any platform that is large enough with minimal overhead protection and they perch everywhere.

Where they coexist with people they forage for discarded grains and scraps providing a beneficial cleaning function and their population remains stabilized at reasonable numbers. But the ubiquitous do-gooders must provide food inflating their populations to unnatural and intolerable yet tolerated levels.

Courts even preserve animal lover rights to dump hundreds of pounds of bird seed in city plazas which are converted to feces defacing building facades and public art and spreading filth on streets, public transportation and side walks and as if that weren’t enough it then serves as a smorgasbord for the rats which should make one think they are a sacred species.

Years of pigeon feces stacked up at the Belmont CTA Station, Chicago.

Thank goodness dogs can’t fly.

It doesn’t end there. It begins. Pigeon feces are tracked into our buildings on our shoes, blow in from outside window ledges and is even sucked in through filtered ventilation systems. Vacuum cleaners lift it from carpeting, grind it into finer particles and spew it into the interior atmospheres and every surface. Dry microscopic media containing pathogens and mold spore float through every cubic centimeter of interior atmospheres searching for moisture, depositing on our clothes, on our skin, in our hair, in our food and in our lungs.

Thousands of office workers breath from contaminated ventilation systems which were intended to ensure healthy office environments, but instead maintain sick buildings that promote asthma and other vascular disease. In those same office buildings managers consult with engineers puzzled for the cause that surrounds them.

Select to view or print plans for the Hawk, Owl, Osprey Platform

Those who feed pigeons, feed rats!
Build No Dung, 36 – Penalty, City of Vienna

There is some relief. Here and there some cities have enforced common sense sanitation rules for public areas reducing the number of foraging pigeons.

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Pigeon

(Rock Pigeon, Rock Dove, Street Pigeon)

Columba livia

Order: Columbiformes
Family: Columbidae
Genus: Columba
Species: livia

La. columba dove, pigeon
La. forma form, kind, species
La. idae appearance, resemblance
La. livere blueish
La. liveus blue-grey

Painting of two pigeons in a grassy ocean shore habitat.

About 12 to 14 inches long and about 10 to 12 ounces more or less. Gray and blue-gray. Two black bands on wings. Darker wing tips and tails and sometimes on head, neck and breast. Unlimited variations in subsequent breeds and feral pigeons.

Rock pigeons are widespread throughout most of North America generally below 50 degrees latitude, further North along populated coastal areas.

Rock dove pigeons are widespread throughout most of North America generally below 50 degrees latitude, further North along populated coastal areas and also in regions usually surrounding more densely populated areas of southern South America, southern Africa, Asia and Australia. Various subspecies inhabit regions around the world.

Historically, wild pigeons nested on cliff face ledges, rocky shelters under ridges and various other land forms that provided protection and isolation across the Mediterranean region, Europe and western Asia. They were among the first wild animals to be domesticated around 10,000 years ago.

The rock dove is generally believed to be the ancestor of hundreds of breeds of domesticated pigeons which are cultivated today. Pigeons were used by militaries to carry messages during war and still today in the popular sports of pigeon homing and racing. Fancy pigeons are bred, sold and kept for their beautiful features. Pigeons are also raised for their meat which is considered a delicacy in some cultures.

And then there are the street pigeons, rock doves, subsequent breeds and feral pigeons that have thrived and proliferated mostly in cities from the lack of waste management and the popular practice of feeding pigeons in streets, plazas and parks.

These are the same pigeons numbering in the tens of millions that now reside throughout most of the non-polar world on farms, and country roads, in towns and cities, in city streets and plazas, on wires, rooftops, windows, window air conditioners, and ledges. They nest on any platform that is large enough with minimal overhead protection and they perch everywhere.

Painting of a bald eagle chasing and robbing an osprey of its salmon prey.

Where they coexist with people they forage for discarded grains and scraps providing a beneficial cleaning function and their population remains stabilized at reasonable numbers. But the ubiquitous do-gooders must provide food inflating their populations to unnatural and intolerable yet tolerated levels.

It doesn’t end there. It begins. Pigeon feces are tracked into our buildings on our shoes, blow in from outside window ledges and is even sucked in through filtered ventilation systems. Vacuum cleaners lift it from carpeting, grind it into finer particles and spew it into the interior atmospheres and every surface. Dry microscopic media containing pathogens and mold spore float through every cubic centimeter of interior atmospheres searching for moisture, depositing on our clothes, on our skin, in our hair, in our food and in our lungs.

Thousands of office workers breath from contaminated ventilation systems which were intended to ensure healthy office environments, but instead maintain sick buildings that promote asthma and other vascular disease.

In those same office buildings managers consult with engineers puzzled for the cause that surrounds them.

View & Print Osprey, Owl, Hawk Platform.

Those who feed pigeons, feed rats!
Build No Dung, 36 – Penalty, City of Vienna

There is some relief. Here and there some cities have enforced common sense sanitation rules for public areas reducing the number of foraging pigeons.

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Pigeon

(Rock Pigeon, Rock Dove, Street Pigeon)

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Painting of two pigeons in a grassy ocean shore habitat.

Columba livia

Order: Columbiformes
Family: Columbidae
Genus: Columba
Species: livia

La. columba dove, pigeon
La. forma form, kind, species
La. idae appearance, resemblance
La. livere blueish
La. liveus blue-grey

About 12 to 14 inches long and about 10 to 12 ounces more or less. Gray and blue-gray. Two black bands on wings. Darker wing tips and tails and sometimes on head, neck and breast. Unlimited variations in subsequent breeds and feral pigeons.

Rock pigeons are widespread throughout most of North America generally below 50 degrees latitude, further North along populated coastal areas.

Rock dove pigeons are widespread throughout most of North America generally below 50 degrees latitude, further North along populated coastal areas and also in regions usually surrounding more densely populated areas of southern South America, southern Africa, Asia and Australia. Various subspecies inhabit regions around the world.

Historically, wild pigeons nested on cliff face ledges, rocky shelters under ridges and various other land forms that provided protection and isolation across the Mediterranean region, Europe and western Asia. They were among the first wild animals to be domesticated around 10,000 years ago.

The rock dove is generally believed to be the ancestor of hundreds of breeds of domesticated pigeons which are cultivated today. Pigeons were used by militaries to carry messages during war and still today in the popular sports of pigeon homing and racing. Fancy pigeons are bred, sold and kept for their beautiful features. Pigeons are also raised for their meat which is considered a delicacy in some cultures.

Painting of a bald eagle chasing and robbing an osprey of its salmon prey.

And then there are the street pigeons, rock doves, subsequent breeds and feral pigeons that have thrived and proliferated mostly in cities from the lack of waste management and the popular practice of feeding pigeons in streets, plazas and parks.

These are the same pigeons numbering in the tens of millions that now reside throughout most of the non-polar world on farms, and country roads, in towns and cities, in city streets and plazas, on wires, rooftops, windows, window air conditioners, and ledges. They nest on any platform that is large enough with minimal overhead protection and they perch everywhere.

Where they coexist with people they forage for discarded grains and scraps providing a beneficial cleaning function and their population remains stabilized at reasonable numbers. But the ubiquitous do-gooders must provide food inflating their populations to unnatural and intolerable yet tolerated levels.

Years of pigeon feces stacked up at the Belmont CTA Station, Chicago.

Thank goodness dogs can’t fly

Courts even preserve animal lover rights to dump hundreds of pounds of bird seed in city plazas which are converted to feces defacing building facades and public art and spreading filth on streets, public transportation and side walks and as if that weren’t enough it then serves as a smorgasbord for the rat populations.

It doesn’t end there. It begins. Pigeon feces are tracked into our buildings on our shoes, blow in from outside window ledges and is even sucked in through filtered ventilation systems.

Vacuum cleaners lift it from carpeting, grind it into finer particles and spew it into the interior atmospheres and every surface.

Dry microscopic media containing pathogens and mold spore float through every cubic centimeter of interior atmospheres searching for moisture, depositing on our clothes, on our skin, in our hair, in our food and in our lungs.

Years of pigeon feces stacked up at the Belmont CTA Station, Chicago.

Those who feed pigeons, feed rats!
Build No Dung, 36 – Penalty, City of Vienna

Thousands of office workers breath from contaminated ventilation systems which were intended to ensure healthy office environments, but instead maintain sick buildings that promote asthma and other vascular disease. In those same office buildings managers consult with engineers puzzled for the cause that surrounds them.

There is some relief. Here and there some cities have enforced common sense sanitation rules for public areas reducing the number of foraging pigeons.

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