Menacing mynas, pigeons and crows: Complaints about nuisance birds rising

NParks has cut down on culling and turned to new methods of control like reducing food sources, modifying habitats

Pigeons homing in on leftovers at Seah Im Food Centre yesterday. ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE
Pigeons homing in on leftovers at Seah Im Food Centre yesterday. ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE

Complaining of "poop like rain", nests in air-conditioning units and crow attacks, more people are venting their frustrations with nuisance birds through official channels, even as the National Parks Board (NParks) turns to new methods of bird control, such as reducing food sources and modifying habitats.

Some current methods, including the contentious practice of culling, have been unsustainable or ineffective, with complaints about birds skyrocketing by 140 per cent in the last six years.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 10, 2020, with the headline 'Complaints about nuisance birds rising'. Subscribe