Pigeons are commonly seen in urban areas all around the world with an estimated population of 400 million! These birds are not native to North America, but were introduced in the early 1600s. Because these birds aren’t native to North America, the growing population of pigeons is forcing native birds out of their natural habitats.
In the US, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918 protects all native birds but does not apply to the growing pigeon population. This is because pigeons are an introduced species in America and are considered a pest bird.
Pigeons are native to cliff and seaside areas in Europe. Pigeons make their flocks and homes in urban areas because the high buildings and roofs are similar to their native homelands. Because of this, the highest density of pigeons is typically found in urban areas that have a high population of people, which can lead to a number of different problems.| Back |