Hawks and Falcon
Since about early 2009, the company NBC Bird
and Pest Control has had a contract to discourage pigeons from
nesting at the Scottish Parliament Building at Holyrood,
They control the pigeons through by bringing
Harris hawks (a South American bird of prey, formerly known as the
Bay-winged hawk or dusky hawk) and a falcon to fly around the
The hawks and falcon do not attack the
pigeons. Simply flying around the site is a sufficient
The hawks have the advantage of being able to
fly in tight spaces amongst the Parliament buildings, and being
happy to fly in pairs.
The falcon flies faster and is a greater
deterrent to the pigeons, but falcons are less manoeuverable than
the hawks and are not happy to fly in pairs.
Here are some
photos of the
hawks operating outside the Scottish Parliament
in May and July 2010.