28 June 2024

Griffith Council urges residents to stop feeding the pigeons in Coolah Street

| Oliver Jacques
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Feeding pigeons can upset their natural diet. Photo: Griffith City Council.

Griffith City Council has asked residents to refrain from feeding wild birds following reports that pigeons are being fed regularly around the Coolah Street area.

Mayor Doug Curran said that while Council did not have the legal authority to prevent people from feeding birds on private property, it strongly advised against this practice and had communicated this request to residents.

“Feeding wild birds can disrupt their natural diet and lead to large concentrations of birds in one area. We have already noticed large colonies of pigeons roosting in various locations around the city,” he said.

“This can cause tree and property damage, noise disturbances, and other nuisances for nearby residents.”

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Councillor Curran said it was important to follow expert advice to protect the local poultry industry.

“Our economy relies heavily on poultry, and it’s crucial to avoid any potential risks,” he said.

Pigeon on roof

A lone pigeon has been seen hanging around Walla Avenue as well. Photo: Tamara Floriani.

Griffith Council has warned feeding wild birds can result in several issues, including:

  • Health risks: human food, especially bread, is often low in nutrition and can make birds sick.
  • Disease transmission: feeding birds in one central location can increase the spread of diseases among them.
  • Overpopulation of problematic species: species such as ibis, cockatoos, pigeons, and Indian Mynas can become overabundant.
  • Increased predation risk: leftover food can attract predators such as foxes, which may prey on young birds.
  • Public health concerns: large gatherings of birds can lead to increased fouling in the area and attract vermin such as rats and cockroaches.

Property owners dealing with nesting or roosting pigeons are advised to seek help from licensed pest controllers.

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