As the growing population of pigeons in NYC continues to cause more distress for residents, the city council is making extra efforts to find a solution to the problem. Councilman Simcha Felder suggested the use of robotic hawks to drive pigeons away from city sidewalks.
RoboHawk is a mechanical hawk that is manufactured in Scotland by Robop Limited, and it resembles and acts like a real peregrine falcon. This high-tech scarecrow has been used in Liverpool, England and a few other cities around the world to tackle pigeon problems. The RoboHawk mimics the actions of real hawks by flapping its wings, shaking its head sideways, and making hawk calls. It is regarded as a humane way to deter unwanted birds, and it is commonly used in campuses, airports, and stadiums.
One of the limitations of the RoboHawk is that it cannot fly, and it has to be moved to different positions from time to time to trick the pigeons. There is another product from Spain called the Falco Robot, which has the ability to fly, but a skilled operator is required to control it.