The pigeons in Liverpool are getting out of hand. They're pooping
all over the place, getting fat and happy and generally creating a
nuisance. City officials have decided to bring in the Robops, robotic
falcons that scare the bejeezus out of the birds that many call "flying
For dopey pigeons, this $3700 robotic bird looks exactly like their
natural predator, the Peregrine Falcon. The robot can move its head
around convincingly, flapping its wings from time to time, springing up
and down on its legs and even turning toward the wind. Plus, it squawks
just enough to send shivers down even the most brave pigeon's spine.
The makers of these robotic falcon decoys have even been experimenting
with powering the animatronic birds with solar panels.