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All diseased rats pigeons killed. LC is a cleaner place.
— In-game message after killing the 200th pigeon.

Flying Rats, also known as pigeons, are animals present in Grand Theft Auto: London 1969, Grand Theft Auto: London 1961, Grand Theft Auto IV (as a collectible), Grand Theft Auto V, and later introduced to Grand Theft Auto Online as part of the continuation of the The Diamond Casino & Resort update, as one of the possible controllable animals via peyote plants.

Pigeons are the first animal species to physically appear in the Grand Theft Auto series.


There are 200 pigeons located all around Liberty City, in which Niko Bellic must find and either shoot, burn, blow up, or run down with a vehicle. The pigeons are generally found in out-of-the-way areas, but can be easily noticed by the distinctive cooing sound they make and the red glow they're highlighted with (making them easier to spot at night). Killing all 200 Flying Rats adds 2.5% to the game completed percentage and also unlocks an Annihilator helicopter on a helipad near Star Junction in Algonquin.

A continual risk when hunting is discharging a weapon will often trigger a wanted level. The "running over with vehicle" option does not apply to most of the targets, and Niko cannot use his fists or baseball bat to dispatch them. Shooting them from a distance using a sniper rifle is one way to avoid the wanted level.

The in-game website shows the location of the flying rats. Small dots are one flying rat, while large dots represent two or more. On Happiness Island, the large dot represents six flying rats. The map is not particularly useful, especially with multiple targets, except for providing general location.

One Flying Rat is not represented on the website. This one is located on the far west/south-west side of Alderney (the far left island), on a construction site.

There's a glitch where when the player kills two flying rats at the exact same moment (via grenade or RPG), the game will count them as only one rat being killed. This will prevent the player from having the game register 200 kills.

Pigeons appear in the enhanced version of Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online, though no longer as collectibles. Similar to other animals, the player can transform into a pigeon by consuming Peyote Plants in both games.



Killing all 200 Flying Rats rewards the player with the "Endangered Species" Achievement/Trophy, 2.5% to the 100% Game Completion percentage, and an Annihilator on top of the MeTV building in Star Junction. The helicopter hardly ever spawns if the player uses the window cleaning platform, and has a better chance of it spawning by using a helicopter to reach the top, which is extremely illogical, unless the player is using another kind of helicopter and wants to use the Annihilator.

There are other spawn points for the Annihilator which are easily accessible without the need to kill the Flying Rats, effectively rendering the helicopter as a worthless reward.



  • "Flying rat" is a New York slang term for a pigeon. This term and the fact the player has to kill the pigeons to get the collectible may be a reference to the 1973 film, or the book it is based on, The Friends of Eddie Coyle, in which a character talks about a man who wants to kill pigeons, calling them "flying rats".
  • If one is playing with a low-detail graphics setting, some of the flying rats may not appear at a distance, even through a sniper rifle.
  • On several occasions, flying rat locations are revealed during cutscenes as they may appear in the background of a shot.
  • Despite being back in the enhanced version of Grand Theft Auto V, they only appear in the actual game as a hallucination, when the player eats a Peyote Plant.



GTA 4 - Flying Rats Guide Endangered Species Achievement Trophy (1080p)

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[ ve ]Collectibles
GTAKill Frenzies | Insane Stunts | Power-ups
GTA London 1969 & 1961Kill Frenzies | Power-ups (1969) | Power-ups (1961)
GTA 2Special Tokens | Kill Frenzies | Insane Stunts | GT-A1 (Wang Cars List) | Power-ups
GTA IIIHidden Packages | Rampages | Unique Jumps
GTA Vice CityHidden Packages | Rampages | Unique Jumps
GTA San AndreasTags | Snapshots | Horseshoes | Oysters | Rampages | Unique Stunt Jumps
GTA AdvanceHidden Packages | Rampages
GTA Liberty City StoriesHidden Packages | Rampages | Unique Stunt Jumps
GTA Vice City StoriesRed Balloons | Rampages | Unique Stunt Jumps
Grand Theft Auto IVFlying Rats | Stunt Jumps
GTA Episodes From Liberty CitySeagulls
GTA Chinatown WarsSecurity Cameras | Rampages | Riding Shotgun | Stunt Jumps
GTA VHidden Packages | Knife Flights | Letter Scraps | Monkey Mosaics | Nuclear Waste | Peyote Plants | Spaceship Parts | Stunt Jumps | Submarine Pieces | Under the Bridge | Epsilon Tracts
GTA OnlineAction Figures | Playing Cards | Peyote Plants | Signal Jammers | Stunt Jumps | Movie Props | Hidden Caches | Treasure Chests | Media Sticks | Shipwrecks | Buried Stashes | Weapon Components | LD Organics Product | Jack O’ Lanterns | Snowmen | G's Caches | Ghosts Exposed | Junk Energy Skydives | Shoot Animals Photography
[ ve ]Animals in Grand Theft Auto V
Land animalsBoars | Cats | Chimpanzees | Cougars | Cows | Coyotes | Deer | Dogs | Monkeys | Pigs | Rabbits | Rats | Snakes
Aquatic animalsDolphins | Fish | Humpback Whales | Killer Whales | Sharks | Starfish | Stingrays | Hammerhead Sharks
BirdsChickens | Crows | Great Cormorants | Hawks | Pigeons | Seagulls
PetsChop | Dexie | Ghost Dog
InsectsButterflies | Cockroaches | Fireflies | Flies
Beta animalsHorses
Enhanced version only
[ ve ]Animals in Grand Theft Auto Online
Land animalsBoar | Cat | Cougar | Cow | Coyote | Deer | Dogs | Panther | Pig | Rabbit | Snake
Aquatic animalsDolphin | Fish | Humpback Whale | Killer Whale | Loch Santos Monster | Shark | Starfish | Stingrays | Hammerhead Shark
BirdsChicken | Crow | Great Cormorant | Hawk | Pigeon | Seagull
InsectsButterflies | Cockroaches | Fireflies | Flies
Controllable via Peyote Plants