Actual Size: 13.5 inches; 10-13 oz in weight

Characteristics: Various colored plumage; red feet & gray chest; black wing bars & tail band; white lower back & wing


  • Mates for life unless mate dies
  • Roosting and feeding sites are normally close – within several miles
  • Normally roosts and loafs on flat surfaces (their feet do not clasp)
  • Feeds on grains, seeds and garbage



Pigeons, starlings, sparrows. Nice birds. But once they invade a building or an area, their nests and droppings create an unsightly nuisance, spreading germs and parasites that can cause as many as 60 different diseases, infections, and illnesses in humans.

With warmer winters, birds are becoming more of a year-round issue, even in northern climates.

Nesting birds not only tend to be noisy, they typically are messy and can cause damage to your home. They roost in eaves, peck through shingles, siding and even through rafters. Some species, like woodpeckers, will hunt for soft spots in wood, looking for insects and can cause major damage in a matter of minutes.