Actual Size: Up to 8.5″

Characteristics: Short stocky body, short tail, yellow beak in spring & summer, speckled in fall.


  • Nests in cavities 10′-25′ above ground
  • Feeds on grains, seeds, insects, and garbage (50% insects in summer)
  • Will forage from dawn until dusk
  • Will generally roost in rural areas in warm months; urban in cold months
  • Roosting sites may be a long ways away from feeding sites, 15-30 miles



Pigeons, starlings, sparrows. Nice birds. But once they invade a building or an area, their nests and droppings create an unsightly nuisance, spreading germs and parasites that can cause as many as 60 different diseases, infections, and illnesses in humans.

With warmer winters, birds are becoming more of a year-round issue, even in northern climates.

Nesting birds not only tend to be noisy, they typically are messy and can cause damage to your home. They roost in eaves, peck through shingles, siding and even through rafters. Some species, like woodpeckers, will hunt for soft spots in wood, looking for insects and can cause major damage in a matter of minutes.