Many of the bird species in Canada are good to have around, thanks to their attractive plumage and birdsongs. However, some birds can become a serious nuisance in the wrong locations, especially pigeons and starlings.
Learn more below about common types of pest birds found across the country.
Also known as city doves or street pigeons, they are descended from wild rock doves. They thrive in an urban environment and only require the smallest amount of shelter on buildings.
(Family – Laridae)
Seagulls are often found in coastal towns and cities. Only a small number are recognized as being pest birds, such as Silver Gull (Chroicocephalus novaehollandiae), the Lesser black–backed gull (Larus fuscus) and the Herring gull (Larus argentatus).
The House sparrow is a significant pest to the food industry because of the risk of contamination from their droppings and the damage done to packaged goods.