Robotic Robird bird deterrent looks and acts like a real bird

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While for the majority of time birds in nature are nothing to worry about, there can be instances when flocks of birds can not only be a nuisance, they can even be dangerous. This can happen for instance when they stray into the path of airplanes or they eat farmer's crops, or perhaps risk spreading disease after foraging in landfills. People have tried many ingenious ways of frightening off birds, and they have all had results that vary. However, a Netherlands designer has come up with a new idea, robotic birds of prey called Robird. They are controlled remotely and they look and act just like the real deal.


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Nico Nijenhui came up with the idea for Robirds at his post in Clear Flight Solutions. The birds look very realistic and when they fly they actually flap their wings just like real birds. When they are flying it is difficult to tell them apart. The designers say that the artificial birds can fly around problem areas and this encourages birds that are being a nuisance to leave the area. This is down to the fact thatit's a bird's natural instinct to leave a region where predators lurk.


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The creators of the Robirds say that the system can be fully controlled by someone on the ground using a remote control, which means that the Robird can single out birds that are being stubborn and which won’t leave. Bird populations will learn to avoid what they believe to be the stalking grounds of birds of prey and in regions were the Robird has been used, it was said that the numbers of birds being a nuisance had dropped by half. Over the long term, the developers said that the remote control birds could eliminate the chances of nuisance flocks habitation.

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The Peregrine falcon model of the Robird has a body length of up to 58cm, with a wingspan of 120cm and it can fly at a speed of 80km/h. This Robird was designed to deter birds of up to 2kg. If something more intimidating is needed, the Eagle model can be used. This has a body span of 220cm and it will scare off virtually any bird type.


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At the moment, the Robird is controlled by a human wirelessly, however there are plans to automate the flight of the Robirds. The company are looking into this with business partners and technical partners and the trials are already underway and look set to go in 2015.


[Image Source: Clear Flight Solutions]

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