Parsons hinges are being used in a Robotic bird
designed to keep nuisance birds off buildings.
Aggressive gulls are well known to swoop down
on children eating their school lunch
and regularly attack technicians working on roof-mounted
systems, even pecking clean through
hard hats on occasions.
‘Robop’ is engineered to look, move
and sound like a real Peregrine Falcon because
it utilises the pest birds inherent fear of the
real thing. Worcester Parsons hinges are fitted
to the Robop
between the body and the wings allowing the wing
to move. The objective is to firstly cause a
panic reaction so that the pest birds will fly
away. Secondly, information is conveyed to the
pests that a peregrine falcon has taken up residence
in their territory, so there is no point in them
The flapping of its wings, movement of the head
and real peregrine call are all controlled by
an onboard computer to appear completely random
and hence natural to the observing bird.
Basta Parsons Chief Executive Kevin Norton said:
“We are delighted to provide assistance
in this unusual project. Worcester Parsons hinges
are manufactured to the high levels of tolerance
and quality required in this very special application.
Please call 01902 877780 if you would like more
information on our hinges.