Robird®

Robird®

Clear Flight Solutions’ Robird® is a truly unique remotely controlled robotic bird of prey, with the realistic appearance and weight of its living counterpart. Robird® flies by using flapping wing flight as a means of propulsion, with a flight performance comparable and indistinguishable to real birds. Through the combination of its realistic silhouette and its carefully mimicked flight behaviour other birds think Robird® is an actual predator, birds do not see the difference between Robird® and real birds of prey! Because of this, Robird® is the perfect tool for airport bird control and many other bird-related problems!

Originating from the desire to mimic nature, Robird® was developed through a unique combination of professional falconry and a passion for model aviation. By thoroughly studying the motion and behaviour of birds, and combining this with technical expertise, a true-to-nature robotic bird was realised. In cooperation with the Engineering Fluid Dynamics research group from the University of Twente in Enschede, further research was done into its aerodynamic properties. Together with experts from the field of robotics from the Robotics and Mechatronics group we improved flight performance and safety using advanced autopilot soft- and hardware. All this while continuously keeping in mind the amazing skill and behaviour of its real-life counterpart.

Because it is based on nature itself, the Robird® offers new and exciting possibilities in the field of bird control. By triggering the instinct of birds, through the combination of silhouette and wing movement, chasing off birds becomes fully controllable. We make sure that the man on the ground is in control of what happens in the air. We offer custom made solutions for airport bird control, agriculture and many more applications. We have developed two types of Robird®: the peregrine falcon, which can be used to chase off birds of up to 3kg, and the bald eagle to chase away any type of bird.

Peregrine falcon

The peregrine falcon is the world’s most widespread bird of prey, its breeding grounds ranging from the Arctic tundra to the tropics. This means that among birds it is almost universally recognized as a severe threat, with birds quickly recognizing a peregrine falcon and realizing they’re in danger. Peregrine falcons are the fastest animals on Earth, capable of reaching speeds beyond 320 km/h while diving for prey. The peregrine falcon feeds almost exclusively on medium-sized birds such as gulls, pigeons, songbirds, waterfowl, etc. It is also known for hunting smaller birds of prey such as kestrels. The Robird® version of the peregrine is just as intimidating to birds as the real deal. After a couple of flights, the bird population understands that they are living in a dangerous hunting territory, and will take their business elsewhere. The peregrine falcon Robird® has a realistic wing span of approximately 112 cm and weighs about 850 g, similar in size and weight to a typical peregrine falcon.

 

Eagle

Eagles are ranked at the top of the food chain in the avian world. They are the biggest and most powerful birds of prey, apart from some vultures. Most eagles are opportunistic hunters who will hunt many different types of prey, ranging from birds and fish to the occasional small deer. Since the eagle is at the top of the food chain, prey selection is mostly determined by the local availability of prey species. When faced with problems with birds slightly larger than the typical prey of a peregrine falcon, deploying the Robird® eagle is a very suitable method. Geese, gulls, swans and other waterfowl are typical avian prey to the bald eagle, but eagles also hunt pigeons, ravens, crows, other birds of prey such as falcons, kestrels, hawks and herons. The Robird® eagle weighs slightly over 2 kg and has a realistic wing span of almost 2 m. For those cases when faced with larger birds, where size does matter, the Robird® eagle is the missing tool in your toolbox.

Why the Robird is the most effective way of bird control

When a predator is introduced in an ecosystem, the system will adapt to the new circumstances. Birds will learn to avoid the active hunting grounds of a bird of prey, with bird numbers dropping by as much as 50% or more, depending on the location and surroundings. Because the Robird® triggers the instinct of birds, there are no chances of habituation in the long term. There are currently no other means available in battling the nuisance of birds, that have such high success rates as the Robird®. Deploying the Robird® reduces costs of bird strikes for your airfield and increases flight safety, while providing an animal-friendly means of operation. Robird® also drastically lowers costs from damaged crops at your farm, costs of damaged blades at wind turbines and helps prevent many other bird-related problems.

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