Feral Pigeons

To: John Harris <>
Subject: Feral Pigeons
From: Chris Liddiard <>
Date: Wed, 28 Aug 2019 01:52:21 +0000
Would someone mind telling me what sort of pigeon is considered “feral”? 
Are they species that are not considered “native”? 

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On 28 Aug 2019, at 10:20 am, John Harris <> wrote:

I don’t keep pigeons but they are on the increase in Gungahlin. For years I only ever saw them in Civic but they are up here now.





From: Geoffrey Dabb <>
Date: Wednesday, 28 August 2019 at 10:18 am
To: chatline <>
Subject: [canberrabirds] Feral Pigeons


I am engaged on a little project on the local feral pigeons.  I’m interested in any reports of regular feeding aggregations or major roosting or nesting sites.


At the moment we are not seeing the large flocks we used to get around the open areas and on powerlines at JWNR.  There are a few flocks to be seen on lawns in the parliamentary triangle.


The flock regularly seen flying over south Canberra is probably based at a local loft i.e. privately owned.  There are probably similar flocks in North Canberra, which is the home of an active pigeon racing club.

Does anyone on this chatline keep pigeons?


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