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pigeonPigeons, their nests and/or droppings are connected to over 50 diseases. The acidic composition of their droppings makes them particularly damageable to cars, marble and freshly painted surfaces.

An adult pigeon measures on average 33 cm and weighs 365 g. They usually have iridescent neck feathers and plumage varies from white to black, but the most common is grey with black specks.

• Pigeons flock in urban areas wherever there is food.
• Pigeon nests are usually located on covered building ledges that resemble cliffs. They are well-hidden and hard to find.

Pigeons reproduce throughout the year and can raise four or five broods annually. The female usually lays two eggs.