How Do Birds Choose the Specific Location for Their Nests?

How Do Birds Choose the Specific Location for Their Nests?

Birds are not commonly thought of as pests – except when it comes to pigeons that invade large cities in numbers and are often referred to as rats with wings.

However, some bird species can become very pesky and problematic and people normally need some expert advice and solutions on how to best control and manage them.

Birds are not just an irritation but can also be devastating to agricultural crops.

They can also carry diseases and parasites that are transmittable to humans and can have mild to severe health consequences.

Getting rid of these flying pests is therefore not just important but in many cases essential.

One of the techniques that is commonly used to manage a bird problem is to prevent them from nesting in a habitat that they prefer.

The problem is that different species of birds have different preferences and therefore nests can be found anywhere from down on the ground to the tops of trees.

Understanding the preference of a specific species is therefore critical to preventing nesting.

So how do birds choose where to build their nests?

In general, they take many of the same factors into consideration as humans do when choosing a suitable location for their home. These factors may include:

1. Readily Available Food Source

One of the reasons that pigeons are so prolific in cities is because they have become accustomed to consuming a man-made diet.

Basically, they eat all the leftovers and rubbish that people throw out.

Birds that are nesting in or near a structure have generally found a food source that is readily available to them and makes it much more convenient to feed their hatchlings.

Getting rid of their food source is therefore important to preventing them from nesting.

2. Safety and Security

Birds will naturally choose an area that is away from their natural predators.

Seeing that man chases away these predators, nesting in or near a man-made structure is preferable.

Most birds also prefer to build their nests as far off the ground as possible making it far more difficult for predators to reach them.

This is why many birds that become an irritation choose rooftops, gutters and even attics as their ideal position for a nest.

A structure that provides additional protection from the elements makes for even more attractive real estate where rain, wind, sun, hail and the other elements of Mother Nature are no longer an issue.

3. Territory

Some birds are highly social and prefer to nest in flocks rather than being solitary.

Once again this comes down to security as there is greater safety in numbers.

However, bird communities and solitary couples can also be very territorial and once they have settled in a certain location can be difficult to relocate.

They will go on the attack to defend their nests as well as their territory.

It’s not difficult to see why birds can become pests when they choose to nest in an urban environment.

After all, it is man that continues to invade their natural habitat and not the other way around.

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