When were rock doves and rock pigeons introduced to the United States? What are some invasive birds in the northeastern U.S.?

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ladyvols1 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Rock Pigeons were once called Rock Doves.  They can be seen world- wide in streets, downtown in major cities and small towns.  They hang out on eaves and rooftops.  They live anywhere and everywhere they can find food and water.  They eat discarded food as well as bird seed and other food put out for birds.  They are usually grey with darker heads and wings. They also have dark wing stripes on their wings.  They travel in flocks and are fatter and larger than their cousins the “Mourning Dove.”  The Pigeon was brought to the North American continent in the early 1600’s from Europe.  Their nests in cities are found on roof tops, ledges, and window ledges.  They are a big problem because of their droppings.

Other types of invasive birds in the Northeast, as well as other parts of the U.S. are Starlings, Crows, House Finches and English Sparrows.

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The name "Rock Doves" is used to refer to the common pigeons that can be seen all over the United States today.

Rock Doves were not native to what is now the United States.  But they have been here for a very long time.  In fact, they were brought to what is now the United States in the early 1600s -- just about as soon as the area was colonized by Europeans.

Perhaps the most famous invasive bird species in the US is the European Starling, introduced in 1890 by a man who wanted all birds mentioned by Shakespeare to be in the US.  Sparrows are also not native.

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