Is it safe to touch a feral pigeon? Sometimes I fantasize about picking up one and just taking it home with me. The public thinks of pigeons as disease spreaders, but are you likely to catch sickness (of course if you touch an obviously sick bird or tail dropping a that's bad but just an average feral pigeon?)
You may catch salmonella or carry home worm eggs from a feral pigeon, but the viruses they can carry are species specific and can;t be caught by a human.
Have hand sanitizer with you, and make use of it after handling and before you eat and you should be perfectly safe.