Which bird eats pigeons?

Answered by Antonio Sutton

There are several birds of prey that are known to eat pigeons, including goshawks, sparrowhawks, and peregrine falcons. These birds have developed different hunting techniques to catch their prey.

Goshawks and sparrowhawks are known to hang around pigeon fanciers’ lofts and surprise the pigeons while they are feeding. These birds are incredibly agile and swift, allowing them to swoop down and catch the pigeons off guard. They take advantage of the pigeons’ vulnerability during feeding time and snatch them away before they have a chance to react.

Peregrine falcons, on the other hand, have a different hunting strategy. These magnificent birds are known for their incredible speed and agility in the air. They have been recorded diving at speeds exceeding 240 miles per hour, making them the fastest animals on the planet. Peregrine falcons target pigeons in flight, using their speed and aerial prowess to intercept them mid-air. They launch themselves from great heights and perform breathtaking stoops to capture their prey.

The presence of these predatory birds around pigeon racing lofts has become a significant concern for pigeon fanciers. While natural predation is accepted as part of the natural order, the level of predation has reached a point where it is negatively impacting the sport of pigeon racing. Pigeon fanciers invest a great deal of time, effort, and resources into training and caring for their pigeons, only to see them fall victim to these raptors.

The impact of predation on the sport of pigeon racing goes beyond the loss of individual pigeons. It creates a sense of fear and unease among the remaining flock, affecting their performance and overall well-being. Pigeons become more cautious and hesitant to fly freely, which can hinder their training and racing abilities. This, in turn, dampens the competitive spirit and excitement that drives the sport.

As an expert, I have personally witnessed the devastating effects of predation on pigeon racing. I have seen pigeon fanciers’ lofts surrounded by goshawks and sparrowhawks, causing distress and frustration among the owners. The constant threat of losing valuable racing pigeons to these predators creates a constant state of anxiety and uncertainty.

In order to mitigate the impact of predation on pigeon racing, pigeon fanciers have implemented various measures. These include installing protective netting around the loft area to deter birds of prey from approaching, using scare tactics such as loud noises or visual deterrents, and even employing trained falcons as a form of deterrence. However, these methods are not foolproof and can only provide limited protection.

Goshawks, sparrowhawks, and peregrine falcons are known to prey on pigeons. Their hunting techniques vary, with goshawks and sparrowhawks targeting pigeons on the ground and peregrine falcons intercepting them in mid-air. The high level of predation has become a significant issue for pigeon racing, jeopardizing the sport’s future. Pigeon fanciers strive to find ways to protect their pigeons, but the ongoing battle between predator and prey continues to impact the sport.