David E. Williams Fig.1. Pigeons (Columbia livia)
State Director
USDA-APHIS-Wildlife Services
Lincoln, NE 68501

Robert M. Corrigan
Staff Specialist
Vertebrate Pest Management
Purdue University
West Lafayette, IN 47907

Fig. 1. Pigeons, Columba livia


Special thanks go to Mr. Fred Courtsal, retired USDA-APHIS-Wildlife Services state director, for his work in compiling the original chapter on pigeon control. Many ADC field personnel provided valuable input regarding updates and revisions on pigeon control. We would also like to thank Kathleen LeMaster and Dee Anne Gillespie, who coordinated revisionary corrections.

Figure 1 by Emily Oseas Routman.

Figure 2 courtesy of Nixalite Company of America.

Figure 3 by Renee Lanik, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Figures 4, 5, and 6 from US Fish and Wildlife Service (1961), Trapping Pigeons, Leaflet AC 206, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana.

For Additional Information

American Veterinary Medical Association. 1986. Report of the American Veterinary Medical Association panel on euthanasia. J. Amer. Veterin. Med. Assoc. 188(3):252-268.

Bennett, G. W., J. M. Owens, and R. M. Corrigan. 1989. Pigeon control. Pages 333-336 in Truman’s scientific guide to pest control operations. Purdue Univ./Edgell Commun. Duluth, Minnesota. 539 pp.

Corrigan, R. M. 1989. A guide to managing pigeons and sparrows. Pest Control Tech.17(1):38-40, 44-46, 48-50.

Corrigan, R. M., D. E. Williams, and F. Courtsal. 1989. Pigeons, ADC-1. Coop. Ext. Serv. Purdue Univ. West Lafayette, Indiana. 6 pp.

Department of the Interior, US Fish and Wildlife Service. 1961. Trapping pigeons, ADC-206. Coop. Ext. Serv. Purdue Univ., West Lafayette, Indiana. 2 pp.

Jackson, W. B. 1978. Rid-A-BirdTM perches to control bird damage. Proc. Vertebr. Pest Conf. 8:47-50.

Marsh, R. E., and W. E. Howard. 1990. Vertebrate pests. Pages 771-832 in A. Mallis, ed., Handbook of pest control. 7th ed. Franzak and Foster Co., Cleveland, Ohio.

Martin, C., and L. R. Martin. 1982. Pigeon control: an integrated approach. Proc. Vertebr. Pest Conf. 10:190-192.

Murton, R. K., R. J. P. Thearle, and J. Thompson. 1972. Ecological studies of the feral pigeon, Columba livia var. J. Appl. Ecol. 9:835-874.

Scott, H. G. 1961. Pigeons, public health importance and control. Commun. Disease Center. Atlanta, Georgia. 17 pp.

Weber, W. J. 1979. Health hazards from pigeons, starlings and English sparrows. Thomson Pub., Fresno, California, 138 pp.

Woronecki, P. P. 1988. Effect of ultrasonic, visual and sonic devices on pigeon numbers in a vacant building. Proc. Vertebr. Pest Conf. 13:266-272.


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