Bird Control

Bird Control or the removal of harmful volatile species by raptors trained and used in falconry, is a technique that has considerable applications in various fields of action of our modern society. It can be said that this technique is the evolution of the ancient art of training the raptors, or rather “falconry”, which found its greatest expansion in Europe during the Middle Ages thanks to Frederick II of Swabia. In time the concept of falconry has been gradually increased to the present day, where true falconry which is practised with raptors is very rare, being substituted with more modern types of hunting nowadays considered definitely more efficient. So the ancient art had to adapt to new social systems, by opening new doors to several typologies and visions of the art of falconry, also called alternative falconry. Among the several typologies, therefore, the one that surely plays a basic and more important role under the social aspect is the Bird Control. The basic principle for the control of harmful volatile species by using trained raptors is the instinctive, immediate and genetic fear, common to many species of birds, when they see, even from a distance, the silhouette of a raptor. Several scientific studies demonstrated this phenomenon, which is, however, easily observable by anyone. The great advantage of the "Bird Control" with trained raptors is in the difficulty of other species in getting used to their presence, because of their genetic fear of predators, while this addiction is typical of all the other deterrent techniques: a scarecrow in a field, colourful and bright banners, ultrasound, fake silhouettes of raptors and alarm calls are just some of the classic techniques for the removal of the harmful species which get more easily addicted. But when there is a true predator, like a raptor, the prey species have an instinctive, innate fear; several species of prey are able to perceive the intention of raptors through parameters which are still unknown and therefore they cannot be simulated with the use of technical deterrents.

 

 

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