RoBird® is a remote-control flapping wing drone that mimics the characteristics of an actively hunting, female peregrine falcon. The technical term for RoBird® is an ornithoptor, which is an aircraft that flies by flapping its wings in imitation of birds of flight.
RoBird® naturally, humanely, and safely leverages the characteristics of the peregrine falcon to scatter and reduce bird populations near airfields, tailings ponds, and more.
The peregrine falcon is the most widely recognized and feared bird of prey on earth. RoBird®’s design is ideal because the falcon is a predator that hunts birds from higher altitudes in open areas, like airports, and has the lifelike appearance and weight of its living counterpart.
All aspects of bird psychology and falconry were considered in RoBird®’s design, including the fact that birds have a keen cognitive ability and an outstanding memory. Birds respond to two things when confronted with prey; the silhouette and behavioural pattern. Birds rely on wing beat frequency to determine how aggressive a predator is. RoBird® mimics the peregrine falcon wing beat frequency with precise accuracy.
RoBird® is a field-proven, effective technology for bird safety and damage mitigation.
RoBird® naturally, humanely, and safely leverages the characteristics of the peregrine falcon to scatter and reduce bird populations with zero harm.
Our team of engineers and developers have drawn inspiration from the motion and behaviour of birds and have considered research into aerodynamic properties in their design. The result is a game-changing device in the field of wildlife management, one in which the RoBird® operator is in full control of what happens in the air.
What makes RoBird® the most humane choice?
As AERIUM rapidly expands across North America we are developing training and hardware solutions to provide economical opportunities for growers to add RoBird® to their fleets and wildlife mitigation strategies.
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Birds react to RoBird® in different ways depending on what they are doing. RoBird® is effective in herding flocks and moving them to safe locations and can change the flight path of migrating birds by intercepting them mid-path. Whether the birds are loafing on water, perching in trees, aerial displaying, or feeding, they will react to RoBird® by getting out of harm’s way.
Learn more about how the Edmonton International Airport’s partnership with AERIUM and RoBird® has helped to create a safer environment in a humane and sustainable fashion.
Safety is of paramount importance when it comes to RoBird®. Here are some of the protocols that have contributed to our record of zero safety incidents:
RoBird® pilots are held to the same mental and physical standards as commercial aviation pilots and are certified under both Transport Canada and the Federal Aviation Administration. Our pilots are trained to incorporate randomized, aggressive, and erratic flying techniques, modelled on years of observation and data on gauging reactions of varied bird species in different activities and scenarios.
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