Pigeon Problem? Send In The Hawks!

Pigeon Problem? Send In The Hawks!

How trained hawks are used by professional bird control companies to reduce or clear an infestation of feral birds such as pigeons and seagulls on a larger scale.

Set a bird to catch a bird: trained hawks successfully remove avian pests

Feral birds such as pigeons can prove a significant nuisance if allowed to congregate in large numbers; their noise, droppings, nest building and roosting can cause damage and disruption on an epic scale. Left to their own devices, feral birds can quickly multiply and disrupt the smooth running of large facilities.

One very successful method in reducing their numbers is the use of trained birds of prey such as peregrine falcons, sparrow hawks and merlins to scare pigeons and other feral birds to prevent them from gathering and establishing themselves in a given area.

Different hawks for different circumstances

It’s not simply a case of unleashing a couple of hawks at a gathering of pigeons; each situation where feral birds are a problem is assessed by a bird pest control specialist who uses trained hawks of various types to suit the task in hand.

For example, a harris hawk may be chosen to fly at and scare gatherings of pigeons as this type of hawk is able to work both outdoors and indoors, and its intelligence and obedience makes it a sound option for feral bird control in urban areas where pigeons typically congregate.

Other examples include the use of larger birds of prey such as peregrine falcons to combat the bigger and at times more aggressive feral birds that gather in high numbers such as seagulls. Alternatively, a smaller and more agile hawk such as a merlin or sparrowhawk might be deployed to combat smaller feral birds like starlings and sparrows.

Assessing the pigeon problem

A reputable bird control company will come and assess the pigeon or other feral bird infestation and work out a suitable plan to tackle it.

This would involve deciding what hawks to deploy against the pest, and considering when and how often to fly them during the course of a day to prevent certain feral birds proliferating during their favoured roosting periods.

How the hawks reduce pigeon numbers

It’s not a wholesale slaughter where the hawks simply catch and kill as many pigeons as possible; rather it’s the systematic presence of hawks flying at them on a regular and planned basis that causes the pigeons to scatter and helps prevents them settling.

Indeed, just about all birds are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act (1981) that basically forbids the intentional killing of birds, destroying of their nests and removal of their eggs.

The main feral bird threats

Along with pigeons there are various species of birds that can cause problems if allowed to congregate in large numbers.

These include starlings, seagulls, sparrows, crows, rooks, magpies and certain doves.


While certain measures can be taken to prevent undesirable birds gathering, larger infestations are probably beyond the scope of DIY measures.

Denying pigeons and other feral birds a source of food in a garden or similar may be possible, but it’s a lot harder to protect a retail complex or a sports stadium from a bird threat on a DIY basis.

This is when professional bird control specialists with their trusty team of hawks can do battle with the pigeons for you.


Pigeon Problem? Send In The Hawks!