Bird-repelling drone imitates a real-life predator to clear property of unwelcome pests

With a body crafted from carbon fiber, Bird-X says the the drone has been designed to ...

With a body crafted from carbon fiber, Bird-X says the drone has been designed to mimic the appearance of a real-life predator bird

From Gizmag

By   JANUARY 17, 2016

Scarecrows and other visually intimidating props placed on the ground can be useful in deterring birds within a certain radius, but one company is looking further afield by battling the pests in the sky. Designed to resemble a real-life bird of prey, the ProHawk UAV can be programmed to autonomously fly over a property and emit menacing predatory cries as it goes.

Pest control company Bird-X has been in the bird control game for more than 50 years, and the newly released ProHawk UAV is not the first time it has turned to the skies for its novel approach. In 2011 it launched BirdXPeller, a remote controlled aircraft that blasts bird-repelling sounds during flight to scare pests away from golf courses, crops and vineyards. But the latest addition to its fleet is the first time it has enlisted an autonomous quadcopter for the cause.

Fitted with GPS, the ProHawk UAV can be programmed to follow a specific flight path along waypoints and features a built-in sonic sound unit. This device stores a range of predator calls, prey bird distress cries and Canada goose cries, which are emitted en route to clear the area of unwanted pests.

With a body crafted from carbon fiber, Bird-X says the the drone has been designed in part to mimic the appearance of a real-life predator bird, further adding to its ability to leave terrified smaller birds running for cover.

The drone can be controlled with a handheld remote control if the user so wishes, but its potential to cut man hours by way of automated flight plans seems to be where its value lies. While the drone is capable of launching, patroling and landing on its own, users will still need to plug it in to charge it up. It does seem like the perfect candidate for a landing pad that doubles as a wireless charging station like the one launched by SkySense in 2014 – such an accessory could make the entire process autonomous.

The ProHawk UAV can be ordered now as an ongoing maintenance contract from Bird-X, with contacts details available via the source link.

You can see the drone in action in the video below

Source: Bird-X

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Comment by RC Tech.se on January 18, 2016 at 10:44am

That "body crafted from carbon fiber" is a HK Quanum Spider 700 with custom paint so no worries getting spare parts.

Comment by Jack Crossfire on January 18, 2016 at 11:24am

When scarecrows just aren't good enough.  There's 1 really grumpy old man who desperately wants this.

Comment by Tobias Witting on January 18, 2016 at 12:58pm

"the drone has been designed to mimic the appearance of a real-life predator bird" ... I would have expected a little bit more creativity other than just painting a hobbyking frame black to back up that claim...

Comment by Crady von Pawlak on January 18, 2016 at 12:58pm

Why do people with smart phones insist on filming vertically.

Comment by earthpatrol on January 18, 2016 at 1:01pm

+1 @RC_Tech.se  add another one to the drone-hoodwink pile. :)


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Comment by Sgt Ric on January 18, 2016 at 2:14pm

@Crady von Pawlak:  because most phones, if filmed horizontally, are hard to watch without getting a crook in your neck!

Perhaps you are thinking of photos... they don't care if you're vertical or horizontal.  


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Comment by Graham Dyer on January 19, 2016 at 8:14am

vs

Are the birds going to be fooled?


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Comment by RC Tech.se on January 19, 2016 at 9:36am

Well, it is does not take much to fool a horse...


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Comment by Linus on January 19, 2016 at 1:47pm

That reminds me of my brother in law who asked whether an autonomous Ornithopter would scare the hawk away from his vienna highflyers pigeons :)

Comment by Quadzimodo on January 19, 2016 at 4:09pm
Anyone notice that the props in the pic used above are on backwards?

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