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A study of feral pigeon Columba livia var. in urban and suburban areas in the city of Jena, Germany

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Author(s): L. M. Ferman | H.-U. Peter | D. Montalti

Journal: Arxius de Miscel-lània Zoològica
ISSN 1698-0476

Volume: 8;
Start page: 1;
Date: 2010;
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Keywords: Columba livia var. | Feral pigeons | Urban birds | Jena city | Germany

ABSTRACT
A population of feral pigeons, Columba livia var. was conducted in the city of Jena, Germany, from July to December 2007. Daily censuses were conducted by walking ten transects in a selected area of the city, five transects in built up areas and five in the suburbs. Pigeon population density was higher in urban areas than in suburbs but differences were not significant. Main behavioural activities recorded were resting, preening, flying, eating, sunning and roosting. Regular locations of activities were rooftops and roof edges in urban areas, and rooftops, eaves on balconies in suburban areas. The plumage phenotype most frequently recorded in both areas was Blue bar.
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