“Funchal City Council confirms that it was confronted this morning (27 July) with the news of pigeons found lifeless in some areas of the city”. In the press release it is mentioned that the dead birds appeared near the Cathedral and the Municipal Garden of Funchal, in the centre of the city.

The municipality “regrets the situation” and adds that the municipal services collected the birds, which have since been sent to the Regional Veterinary Directorate, to “investigate the circumstances” of the deaths.

The main municipal council of Madeira adds that “there are already some interventions in place to control the population of pigeons in the city”.

Within the scope of these actions, the municipality monitors this species and the known nesting areas, recirding new places that the pigeons are choosing to nest. It also carries out the maintenance and population control of pigeons in the municipality, by using contraceptive corn.

Do not feed the birds

The municipality highlights that it has also invested in environmental awareness, with actions related to the importance of controlling the population of this species, calling for people not to feed the birds because the pigeons are able to look for food themselves.