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One of the commonest accusations made against pigeons by pest controllers and councils is that "pigeons carry salmonella". These statistics (ISOLATES OF SALMONELLA FROM WILD BIRD CARCASES IN SCOTLAND MAY 2000 TO AUGUST 2002) put the this into perspective: The bottom figure is the number of carcasses of each species examined, the upper figure the number that tested positive for salmonella:

Goldfinch 3/4
House sparrow 20/35
Greenfich 35/52
Feral Pigeon 1/27
Wood pigeon 0/19
Starling 0/30
Chaffinch 10/28
Gulls 3/42
Collared dove 0/9
Corvids 1/29
Raptors 2/6
Blackbird 0/12

http://www.defra.gov.uk/vla/reports/docs/rep_oie02.pdf
 

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That won't look good on those House sparrow and Greenfinch. The pest companies were very successful in portraying bad statistics though.
 

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Interesting...looks like PMV and canker was really down in those years too.

Great find, Cynthia.
 

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That won't look good on those House sparrow and Greenfinch.
That is true, but fortunately those are cute and popular garden birds here so it won't affect their reputation...it is the so-called "pest" species that they point the finger at and from that information they are the least likely to be carriers of salmonella and "spread disease". Ken Livingstone who hates pigeons like poison was also fronting the campaign to save the house sparrow from its decline.

With government recorded information like the this we can hit back when they are maligned as "disease carrying birds" by pest controllers, councils and the press. Whether they read or understand the information is another thing all together.
 
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