Rock Pigeons, also known as Rock Doves, are a common species of bird found all over Long Island. They are stocky birds that are usually grey and black in color but can also be seen in variations of bright white to very dark black. They are granivores meaning seeds make up the main part of their diet. Unlike other birds that mainly reproduce in the spring and summer, pigeons reproduce all year long laying clutches of 3 to 4 eggs at a time. Pigeons remain in the nest for 2 to 3 months after hatching while being cared for by their parents.

Did you Know?

Pigeons are remarkably intelligent animals! They are able to find their way back to their home colony even from over 1,000 miles away. Their intelligence and directional ability are why they were used in World War One and Two to deliver messages to soldiers between bases and even capture information on camera. In these two wars, messenger pigeons may have been involved in saving thousands of lives.

Coexisting with Pigeons

Pigeons are an important part of our environment, here are some ways to coexist with them

  • Use bird feeders instead of scattering seed on the ground to keep pigeons away from the food

  • Seal off areas under solar panels to prevent pigeons from nesting there

  • Prevent window collisions with easy DIY tricks like these

  • If you have found a pigeon with a metal or colored "IF" band on its leg click here. If you have found a pigeon with a metal or colored "AU" band on its leg click here.

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