Do the pigeons of Makkah and Madeenah have a special privilege?

Question: I heard a pilgrim saying that when any pigeon of Al-Madeenah Al-Munawwarah is about to die, it flies to Makkah and soars above the Ka`bah as a farewell to it, then it dies after flying a few miles away. Is this true or not? Appreciate your guidance.

Answer: There is nothing special about the pigeons of Al-Madeenah or that of Makkah. They are not different from any other pigeons, except in the fact that it is impermissible to hunt or disturb them when one is in Ihraam (ritual state for Hajj and `Umrah) so long as a person is within the Haraam (sanctuary) of Makkah or that of Al-Madeenah… read more here.