Feral Pigeon

      Columba livia domestica

      Information

      Feral Pigeons are associated with big cities where they have often become a tourist attraction, such as on the Piazza San Marco in Venice, which cannot be imagined without pigeons. The Feral Pigeon, which is a domesticated form of the Rock Dove, has completely adapted to living in towns and cities. Some pigeon lovers have a very deep relationship to their birds. Due to the abundant food supply and the absence of natural predators, large pigeon flocks can cause problems in many places.

      Voice

      Status (in CH)
      widespread, introduced resident
      Annual cycle
      The bar on the top line indicates during which seasons the species can be observed regularly in Switzerland. There can be great seasonal fluctuations of numbers. The middle bar indicates the typical migration seasons of a species. The bottom bar indicates the period during which the species normally breeds. As a rule it spans the period from egg-laying to fledging of the young.
      Annual cycle
      Annual cycle

      Facts

      Population size in Switzerland (Pairs)
      20'000 - 35'000 (2013-2016)
      Migration behaviour
      resident
      Length (cm)
      31-34
      wing span (cm)
      60-68
      Weight (g)
      240-300
      Nest site
      buildings
      Food
      seeds, bread, fruits, rubbish
      Group
      Pigeons
      Habitat
      settlements, farmland
      Distribution
      Distribution
      Distribution