Hawaii is home to many beautiful bird species, ranging from the colorful Hawaiian honeycreeper to the bright Palila. However, not all of these species are pleasant for Hawaii dwellers. Many are considered pests that can cause problems for residents and business owners alike.
Nuisance Birds in Hawaii
The main types of birds that cause issues in Hawaii include the following:
- Myna Birds
Defining each of these birds and the damage they can cause is the first step in mitigating any further issues.
The damage that Myna birds in Hawaii cause renders it a pest. It serves as a detriment to the native species of Hawaii, competing with the local bird species, driving them away from food and nesting spots, and destroying their eggs.
Myna birds in Hawaii are known to carry salmonella and avian malaria, both of which are incredibly harmful to humans. Mites that take up residence on the birds cause dermatitis reactions and asthma attacks, and because these birds will live anywhere they can, they are often found in buildings where people both work and live.
Noise pollution serves to be a disruption to locals, but the damage that this bird causes to crops tears down vegetables, loosens the soil and destroys native plants.
The Myna birds in Hawaii are small, brown birds with distinctive blue coloring around their head and breast. They also have yellow beaks, yellow feet, and often sport yellow spots around their eyes.
The Pigeons of Hawaii are both common and widespread, having established themselves amid the warm climate. In fact, they have established themselves so well that their growing numbers have caused sanitation issues. Things like bird droppings, nesting material, and parasites threaten residents and visitors of the island.
Pigeons are also known to make their homes in residential houses and on commercial properties. In building their nests and making themselves comfortable, these birds can cause serious structural damage and pose health threats to people who spend time in the buildings.
The Domestic Pigeon is also known in Hawaii as the Rock Dove, and it is found in a wide variety of colors. However, they are the same common bird found across the United States’ major cities.
The two main types of Doves found in Hawaii are the Zebra Dove and the Spotted Dove, both characterized by their respective markings. Zebra Doves are the smaller of the two and tend to feed alone in short grass or on grass seed.
The Spotted Dove is larger with distinctive spots around the back of its neck. This species is found in larger flocks and in populated areas.
Both species are extremely widespread and common in Hawaii, and their vast numbers have proven to be cause for concern in airfields. They have a habit of flushing into the air in large numbers, which can interfere with aircraft and cause damage.
Predominantly seed-eaters, Finches are small birds that range in color from yellows to greens. Though appealing to the eye, Finches are noisy, travel in groups, and create massive nests. They also love fruit, which is bad news for plants.
In addition to their loud chirps, their large nests, and their obnoxious feeding, Finches also carry disease, promote insect damage, and leave messy droppings, all of which can be harmful or a nuisance to homeowners and business owners.
Though small and seemingly harmless, Sparrows are an invasive species that are known for disrupting native birds in Hawaii. Anyone who enjoys birdwatching typically tries to discourage Sparrows from using their yard and feeders, as they drive the other birds away.
Sparrows are known to be aggressive, and they can even kill adult birds, hatchings, and eggs. They overtake food sources and often displace native birds, even those that are considered beneficial.
Bird Control Solutions
If you’re experiencing issues with any of the birds discussed above, the situation could require wildlife control services. Sandwich Isle has the specialists you need to remove unwanted birds from various properties across Hawaii. Contact our team today for more information and expert advice.