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Many of the bird species in South Africa are good to have around, thanks to their attractive plumage and birdsong. However, some birds can become a serious nuisance in the wrong locations, especially the Indian Myna bird.
Learn more below about common types of pest birds found across the country.
Also known as city doves or street pigeons, they are descended from wild rock doves. They thrive in an urban environment and only require the smallest amount of shelter on buildings.
(Family – Laridae)
Gulls are often found in coastal towns and cities. Only a small number are recognised as being pest birds, such as Silver Gull (Chroicocephalus novaehollandiae), the Lesser black–backed gull (Larus fuscus) and the Herring gull (Larus argentatus).
The House sparrow is a significant pest to the food industry because of the risk of contamination from their droppings and the damage done to packaged goods.
The Indian Myna is native to the southern and southern-east Asia and was introduced in South Africa in the 1900’s, originating from captive birds that escaped from Durban. In some cases these birds are beneficial in combatting insect pests, particularly plague locusts. Since then their numbers have continued to increase throughout South Africa, and they have become known as a pest bird due to their increasing population in urban areas.
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