Feral pigeon nuisance is a common problem in many cities around the world. Feral pigeons are not afraid of people. They roost and nest readily in man- made structures and have a diverse diet. The droppings of feral pigeons may help spreading harmful germs.

In Hong Kong, the main reason leading to congregation of feral pigeons is feeding by the public. Building management agencies are advised to erect signs discouraging feeding of pigeons by the tenants.

Overseas experiences have shown that extermination of pigeons, such as trapping or poisoning, does not solve the problem. Wherever birds are removed, new birds from the surrounding areas will quickly move in to take their places. The pigeons will always come back to places where food and roosting sites are readily available. Use of poisons in the extermination of pigeons can be extremely dangerous to people especially children as well as to pets and other wildlife.

The most effective, safe, economical and humane way is to avoid feeding the pigeons and disable their nesting and roosting sites. Both measures should be actively and effectively implemented continuously. This is known as habitat modification. There are some private pest control companies which are prepared to provide such bird control services. Building management agencies, incorporated owners, individuals or organisations may obtain the services of such companies if necessary.

Hygiene precautions to be adopted

  • Gloves should be worn while cleaning up birds droppings
  • Face and hands should be washed after any contact with the birds or their droppings


  • To prevent congregation of pigeons, avoid feeding the pigeons and modify the location to prevent roosting

Feeding pigeons and other birds may dirty public areas
Offenders are liable to a fixed penalty fine of $1,500