Although urban birds are not considered “harmful species” by the current legislation in force, they can cause damage to our healthand properties.
Urban birds generate a double feeling within our population:
Who has not fed pigeons as a boy in Plaza Catalunya in Barcelona, or currently in Piazza San Marco in Venice, if we have had the opportunity to visit with our children? What person hasn’t seen to in one of our coastal cities a gentle sunset with seagulls hoveringat sea? Who has not had at home a parrot or canary?
On the other hand, people who have their ectoparasites, allergies, noise and dirt may have a different view and perhaps not soromantic about it all.
In general, we say that there is a dominant feeling towards these birds well being, but those who suffer the consequences ofinfection on the population are aware of the risks they pose to health. Health authorities undertake systematic campaigning of captures to keep the bird population within acceptable limits.
The main birds we have in our urban environment are: pigeons, gulls, starlings and magpies.