Bird Birds:
Birds such as feral pigeons, crows, gulls and starlings thrive in urban areas.  Humans supply plenty of food and suitable habitat for such species and there is comparatively little deliberate persecution.  The feral pigeon is a descendent of the Rock Dove and the wild breeding population is supplemented by wayward racing pigeons.  Pigeons are capable of breeding throughout the whole year and up to nine broods, consisting of two chicks per brood, can be produced annually. 

Pigeons feed almost exclusively from scraps provided by members of the public and from food spillage at food premises, docks and mills. Although pigeons carry some diseases there is little risk of evidence of transmission to humans, although large numbers of pigeons undoubtedly damage buildings with their droppings. 

Crows gather in flocks on commons and urban parkland, not only to feed on insects in the soil, but also to scavenge undigested scraps from the tons of dog faeces deposited on such land every year.  This scavenging actually helps the materials to break down and eventually wash into the soil.   The most common complaints from individual urban residents about birds is fouling of buildings, blocking of gutters with nesting material,   making holes in lawns and, in the case of members of the crow family such as magpies, 'terrorising' and raiding the nests of song birds.   Herons occasionally cause problems too, when they steal fish from garden ponds.




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