do pigeons eat other birds

Food On The Ground

For the benefit of the blue tits and other tiny birds who adore them, you might want to keep your hanging feeders. For blackbirds and other birds that like to eat on the ground, you might also wish to provide food.

But how to keep the pigeons off it?

Pretty simple really. A cage that allows seed and small birds to enter but keeps pigeons out is what you need.

You could use an upturned hanging basket, or you could buy one.

The main things to consider are:

  • Make sure the cage you have is sizable enough—at least 20 inches in diameter. If not, the eating end of the pigeon will be able to enter even though the entire bird might not, and it will snatch up all of your seed.
  • The pigeons will simply push the cage aside if it is not fixed to the ground. Tent pegs or these would work well.

Tossing the feed into your borders or dense shrubs is another effective ground feeder tactic. Smaller birds typically get more of the food because pigeons are less agile than smaller birds, even though they will still try to get these.

Choosing The Right Feeders

Pigeons like to feed on the ground. They cannot hang to feed on vertical or angled surfaces; they must land on a horizontal surface. This ought to provide some guidance on the kinds of feeders that pigeons won’t be drawn to.

If pigeons have small perches, it will be most difficult for them to feed directly from straight-sided hanging feeders; therefore, the smaller the perch, the better.

do pigeons eat other birds

Nevertheless, cunning pigeons will attempt to topple these and release the seed, which they will gladly trample underfoot.

You can buy pigeon proof feeders, which are surrounded by cages too small to allow access for pigeons, but wide enough to let little birds feed.

However, numerous individuals have discovered that the wire mesh surrounding these simply facilitates the pigeons’ ability to toss them over and dump the seed onto the ground.

Sprung bird feeders, where anything heavier than a small bird causes the feeding holes to close, offer a practical option.

So do domed and window mounted feeders like this. The holes are just too small for a pigeon to squeeze through.

Certainly they would. Finding or stealing a nest requires far less work than creating one from the ground up. Although some birds will eat undefended eggs, the bird may also be interested in the eggs in the basket. However, based on my five minutes of Google searching, magpies, not wood pigeons, are typically the aggressive egg eaters.

FAQ

Do pigeons hurt other birds?

This can sometimes result in aggressive interactions or pecking, but pigeons do not typically actively hunt, kill, or consume other birds as a regular part of their diet. It’s worth noting that some predatory birds, such as falcons or hawks, are known to prey on pigeons and other smaller birds.

Would a pigeon eat another pigeon?

They are not meat eaters. As sw says, it is possible a starving pigeon might eat meat but I would say it is is extremely unlikely and a pigeon would really have to be desprate. So, no, they would not routinely eat dead pigeon or anything else. Generally, they have no concept of ‘dead’.

Do pigeons eat chicken?

Yes. Pigeons aren’t carnivorous but they’ve come across this potential food, they’ve checked it out, and if it’s edible, they’ll eat it. Is it possible that the way fried or marinaded chicken is cooked; in flour and batter and sauces makes it less like chicken and more appealing to the pigeon?

Do pigeons eat animals?

Pigeons will eat almost anything if they are hungry enough, which can see them eat insects, spiders and even lizards. Their diet also demands protein and fat to remain healthy, whether that’s from nuts, fruits or other animals.