You can count on our feathered friends

It is time for us to put the derogatory term 'birdbrain' to rest. Birds, it turns out, are anything but dumb.

Saturday, 24 December, 2011, 12:00am

Officials must crack down on people feeding feral pigeons at bus terminus

About two months ago I wrote to the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department regarding the alarming feral pigeon population gathered at the Tsim Sha Tsui Star Ferry bus terminus.

I pointed out that entire bags of breadcrumbs were scattered every day directly in front of that large advertising billboard located next to the KMB information desk.

15 May 2011 - 12:00am

'Rats with wings' are getting the drop on flustered New Yorkers

New York

Some say they probably outnumber the humans, but nobody is quite sure about the population of pigeons in this city - they are not captured on any census. Nonetheless they show up everywhere from apartment building roofs to the subway stations, strutting proudly with 'don't mess with me' Big Apple temperaments.

6 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Animal-lovers' marriage of interests breeds a business

Q: How did you start?

13 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Breeders of race pigeons plan to sue over fees for licences

Owners of racing pigeons are planning to seek a judicial review of a new licensing system.

The Hong Kong Racing Pigeons Club, Anti-Bird Flu Action Alliance and three other pigeon breeders' groups yesterday announced they would seek legal aid to sue the government.

8 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

Ruffling council feathers

I was really upset a couple of weeks ago when I heard that some pigeons had been found dead near the Craigengower Cricket Club in Happy Valley. Poisoning was suspected, because many people in this city now see birds as health threats and as enemies.

27 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

The latest remedy to keep the birds away - sticky gel

Agriculture chiefs, who last week said it was OK for people worried by wild birds to kill them, have offered an alternative to those unwilling to go that far: sticky gel.

8 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Pigeon slaughter ruffles feathers

Police interrogators in India killed 100 pigeons in an effort to extract a confession from a man who cared for the birds.

After claims aired in a television programme, animal-rights activists have forced the government to order a high-level investigation of the bizarre killings under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act.

29 May 2005 - 12:00am

Last post for the pigeon couriers

After 60 years, India's unique pigeon mail service is being wound up and packed off to posterity.

Used by the police force in the western state of Orissa, the pigeon couriers take messages to remote police stations in the mountains or forests.

24 Jan 2005 - 12:00am

Paris' pigeon plague blamed on elderly

Pigeons cooing in a Parisian square may bring romantic pictures of the French capital to mind, but the birds - and their droppings - have become a hazard to city living.

However, it's the old ladies who feed them, not the individual pigeons who are largely to blame, concluded a recent seminar organised by the Scientific and Technical Institute of Wildlife in Towns in Paris.

17 Jun 2004 - 12:00am

Anti-roosting plan catches pigeons on the hop

New buildings may be forced to include anti-roosting safeguards to help stop a pigeon population explosion under a proposal being considered by officials.

'Overstayer' mainland birds that were released for the handover but failed to return home as planned are being blamed by some observers for a boom in the number of pigeons in Hong Kong in recent years.

13 Sep 2002 - 12:00am

Source of pollution

I refer to the letter headlined, 'Don't feed pigeons' (South China Morning Post, November 28). I am also concerned about the problem of pigeons.

As they are a nuisance around the blocks where I live, I contacted the relevant sections of government.

5 Dec 2000 - 12:00am

'Airborne rats' under fire

Air-rifle sharpshooters and street entertainers are being deployed in town and city centres to help rid streets of a social menace.

Pigeons are increasingly spreading disease and costing property owners and local authorities a small fortune in building maintenance.

21 Jan 1999 - 12:00am

Handover bird homes in after 35 days

A pigeon among the 10,000 from 31 Chinese cities and towns released in Hong Kong to mark the July 1 handover has made it back to its coop in the northeastern Chinese city of Harbin after 35 days.

The bird faced a 3,000-kilometre flight across the mainland to its home in Heilongjiang province.

11 Aug 1997 - 12:00am

British pigeon's flight of fancy ends in China

A British racing pigeon has been found in northern China four years after it failed to return from its first race.

The six-month-old bird was released from Littlehampton, in southern England in 1992, and was supposed to complete the 131-kilometre journey home to owner Phil Hoddinott in Dorset in a few hours.

1 Aug 1996 - 12:00am