Pigeon Poop & Droppings: {Answers to All Questions}

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Often called the ‘rats of the sky’, pigeons are a common sighting all around the world. They come in different arrays, with around 350 breeds recorded as of now and they are pretty harmless don’t you think?

Did you know that pigeon breeding was a common hobby in the past? There is indeed a lot to know about them but in this article, we are going to talk about something which is a tad bit different- Pigeon Poop!

 Although this isn’t as glamorous as everything I mentioned above it is just as important if not more.

What Does Pigeon Poop Look Like?

To sum it up in two words, pigeon poop looks like very small marbles. Pigeon droppings are brown-white in color. The Pigeon feces of a healthy one will usually be firm and will sometimes have tiny feathers in them. However, poop which is loose and wet is usually an indication of a stressed or unhealthy pigeon.

Is Pigeon Poop Dangerous?

Pigeon Poop is toxic and dangerous in the way that it transmits diseases. Pigeon feces are often infected with bacteria and viruses which can cause many diseases by coming in contact with them, whether directly or indirectly.

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Diseases Caused by Pigeon Droppings

Were you aware that the diseases caused by pigeon droppings can be sometimes very fatal for human beings? Pigeon feces have various yeast like funguses that cause many diseases, which if not treated on time can have devastating outcomes.

Here are some of the most common diseases caused by pigeon droppings:

Escherichia Coli (E.Coli)

This is one of the most common diseases carrying bacteria that you can get from pigeon droppings. E. Coli, otherwise known as Escherichia Coli, is a bacteria that can make people sick if they come in contact with them.

This usually happens when bird droppings mix with food and water supply consumed by humans. That is why it is always important to keep your food covered and wash your fruits and vegetables thoroughly before eating them. Some of the most common illnesses that can be caused by these bacteria are diarrhea, pneumonia, respiratory illness, urinary tract infections, etc.


Another potentially fatal bacterium, Salmonellosis bacteria, can cause a very serious infection. The diseases caused by them are commonly called “food poisoning” and is transmitted through infected pigeon droppings that turn into dust and contaminate food before their consumption.

The infection caused by this can be acute as well if the pigeon is carrying the bacteria in its body which is later spread through its poop


This is another fungal infection carried by pigeons. This fungus is usually found in the accumulation of pigeon droppings.

 The majority of the symptoms of Cryptococcosis occur in the lungs and some of the most common symptoms are cough, headache, nausea, vomiting, etc. Some people may also develop rashes, ulcers, etc. This infection can also affect your nervous system.


This is another respiratory infection that can be caused by inhaling fungal spores.

These spores usually grow on soil that has pigeon poop in them. And although not everyone that inhales these spores will get histoplasmosis, having these fungal spores on your property will put you and your family at risk of contracting this infection. Some of the symptoms are headaches, chills, nausea, dry cough, chest discomfort, etc.

These are some of the most common diseases that you need to protect yourself from which can be caused by pigeon droppings.

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Final Words

Although pigeons are harmless birds, they do contain several viruses that can cause you infections that can prove fatal for you. Hence it is always advised to never touch or pick up pigeon’s poop with your bare hands.

 However, besides this, there are other precautions you need to take like keeping your food and water sources covered, cleaning any pigeon waste you come across on your property, etc. Pigeon droppings are not only unsafe but also unsanitary 

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