Pest Birds: Miscellaneous Species


Turkey Vulture


The Turkey vulture has a bald head that is red in color similar to the turkey with a body that is uniformly dark in color.

These birds migrate between Canada and South America but in mild years may not migrate at all.

Large groups of birds will often roost together forming an ominous and noisy presence.
Extensive damage to exterior surfaces frequently occurs due to their large droppings. They often create quite a ruckus when fighting over food or roosting locations.

Woodpeckers


There are over 20 species of woodpeckers in the U.S.

Woodpeckers are protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.
Woodpeckers sometimes cause damage to homes when they are looking for insect larvae. But the primary problem associated with the woodpecker is caused by drumming. Drumming is done to attract mates and establish territories.

Drumming is the characteristic of pecking in rapid succession.
Drumming can cause significant damage to homes, buildings, and other structures. Woodpeckers will often peck at stucco surfaces.

Barn Swallows


This migratory species arrives in spring and leave again in the fall.

The Swallow has long pointed wings and a deep forked tail. Their back is covered with dark blue metallic plumage.

Swallows are territorial and return to their same nesting site year after year.
The barn swallow is best known for the elaborate mud nests that it builds.

These mud nests can damage and deface walls, eaves and ledges. The nests, feces, and associated parasites are problems in homes, buildings, and parking garages.

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