Birds (general)

Pest: Birds

Pest Type: Vertebrate Pests

Major Identifying Features: Most common species on fruit trees and vines are:

Crowned sparrow:


House finch:

house finch



Scrub jay:

scrub jay



European starling:


Yellow-billed magpie:


Life Cycle: Lay eggs in spring

Pest Rating: Moderate

Management Rating: Moderate

Host/Season/Outbreak Information: Damage occurs at sites that are adjacent to wild or brushy areas where birds find refuge, breeding sites, and other sources of food, orchards have fewer problems with birds

Damage Information: Several bird species can cause substantial damage by feeding on ripening fruit and nuts such as cherries and almonds. The amount and type of damage, and control depend on the species of birds. It is important to identify which species causes which damage

Management Options: Monitoring birds, install protective netting, frightening devices, shooting (permit required) or noisemaking, trapping


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