One of the first species domesticated by man, the pigeon is now an invasive species and a pest in many parts of the world
THEY ARE not the cleanest neighbour unless you prefer a house that looks like someone is throwing raw eggs at it on a regular basis.Almost every day,we have to scrub away crusty pigeon poop,” lamented Durban resident, Walter. He believes the South African city has been overrun by pigeons. “They get easy access in open plumbing ducts and find good nesting area on pipes and parapets inside the duct. They make nests and lay eggs there. The ducts are full of bird droppings,” says his neighbour,Chandran.
Durban is not the only South African city with a pigeon problem.A document of the country’s urban affairs ministry notes,“The appearance of many of our finest buildings is marred by the birds.They render foodstuffs inedible; introduce insects, mites and diseases harmful to man and cause breaches of the Public Health Act. Pigeon droppings damage masonry,block drains and cause structural damage.” The pigeons in question are