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Pigeons Damaging the Sphinx

Columba livia


The common Pigeon has become quite a pest on the face of the Great Sphinx in Egypt. They land in large numbers and damage the rock structure and carvings with their claws and even worse, their acidic droppings. The droppings and the birds themselves also represent a visual distraction. When startled, clouds of the birds fly around the head of the Sphinx and then land again.


In Mexico, Pigeons have become such a problem on ancient churches and monuments that most have now been covered in fine mesh or have rows of outward facing metallic spikes placed along all the ledges and crevices.

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Bernadette S
Bernadette S 10 years ago

I hope so, too! The pigeons probably have them mostly to themselves at the moment though. :-(

LaurenZarate 10 years ago

I'm not in Egypt now. I loved it so much. I hope all your amazing archeological sites are safe. I added this to the Mission.

Bernadette S
Bernadette S 10 years ago

Are you in Egypt now, Lauren?! Would be a fun addition to our Biodiversity in Egypt mission:

LaurenZarate 10 years ago

Ha ha ha, Mark, so true.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 10 years ago

I guess it's just a rock to a pigeon.

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مدينة الشيخ زايد, Egypt

Spotted on Feb 10, 2014
Submitted on Feb 10, 2014

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