Do Pigeons Attack Humans

Pigeons are everywhere and when we see them we would never think of them as a bird that would attack

They are more social, emotional and friendly birds

In fact, they are scared of us humans

But they’re not scared of cars because when I drive these pigeons don’t move away until the last second!

That is some bravery (I do slow down my car, stop and make sure they fly away before you think I try to run them over!)

Overall they are not aggressive at all

So an interesting question that is searched on the internet is – Do pigeons attack humans? 

I’m sure every person would say – not a chance! They would never attack us

But here’s the thing

They could attack humans!


Carry on reading to discover all about the truths and facts

Do Pigeons Attack Humans?

Yes they can but very rarely

I mean pigeons love humans especially those that feed them

But in rare circumstances they would attack humans

They wouldn’t attack for no reason

If they do attack, they wouldn’t cause serious injury


Because they don’t have sharp beaks like crows or sharp talons

The worst they would do is hit you with their flapping wings

They may even peck and bite you

Good thing is if they do peck and bite you, it won’t cause serious injury

You may be thinking

Why would a pigeon attack a human?

Let’s find out

Why Do Pigeons Attack Humans?

Pigeons are usually afraid of humans

They maintain their distance from humans as you may have noticed if you have ever walked past them, they move away

They wouldn’t attack a human just for the sake of it

But in certain circumstances, they can become aggressive and attack humans

Let’s look at some possible reasons why pigeons attack humans


A lot of people feed pigeons and they get used to being fed which leads to them coming back to your house and waiting for food!

Now if you stop feeding pigeons they can become aggressive and attack you

A single pigeon won’t attack but they usually attack in groups

Here’s another thing, they won’t attack adults

They would usually attack small children so do be careful if you have young ones with you around pigeons

Adolescent Pigeons

We all know how it is with human adolescent years and how difficult it can become

The same goes with pigeons too!

An adolescent pigeon may be more aggressive and violent than an adult pigeon

This can lead to attacks on humans

This aggression is triggered by the hormonal imbalance that they go through

Good news is, when they grow up they become calm, sweet and gentle again

Protecting their nest, eggs or territory 

Any bird are territorial over their eggs, nest or territory and pigeons are no different

It’s their nature to be territorial especially when it comes to their nest, eggs

If they see a human coming close to their territories and see them as a threat, pigeons won’t hesitate to attack

Let alone humans, they would even attack other birds that are much larger than them

Related article you’ll definitely find interesting! – Do pigeons leave their eggs unattended?

Recognize people who have shown aggression to them

Pigeons are really smart and they can actually recognize and remember humans

That is why feral pigeons would flock to a person who constantly feeds them

I’m sure you must have noticed some pigeons flocking on someones roof waiting for food

It goes without saying, if a person has shown aggression towards them, they would recognize them too and maybe would attack them!

What Happens If a Pigeon Attacks a Human?

As mentioned earlier, pigeons are not vicious like a hawk or an eagle

They are not predators but rather sweet and gentle

The most a pigeon would do is peck at you or flap their wings at you

This won’t cause any significant injury or anything

Do Pigeons Dive Bomb People?

Birds dive bomb people

Pigeons on the other don’t dive bomb

They’re not the type of birds to attack humans

If you’re interested, here’s 11 birds that dive bomb (Just so you can be cautious if you ever see a flock of them!)

  1. Mockingbirds
  2. Swallows
  3. Magpies
  4. American Crow
  5. Canada goose
  6. Gulls
  7. Owls
  8. Eagles
  9. Hawks
  10. Falcons
  11. Starlings

Is It Okay To Touch a Pigeon?

It shouldn’t be a problem to touch pigeon

Yes they do carry diseases but it’s very rare to catch a deadly disease just by touching them

Although, it would be difficult to touch a pigeon because the minute you go near them, they run away or would just fly away!

Wrapping Up

So do pigeons attack humans?

Not really

The only reason a pigeon would attack is if you go near their territory

If they do attack it wouldn’t hurt or cause any serious injury as pigeons are not made to attack or kill like a hawk or eagle

Just make sure you don’t go near their nest, eggs or territory or be prepared for an aggressive pigeon!


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