Do you have $4,000 PittGirl can borrow?

You could say it’s a bird of a different feather. Liverpool, plagued by pigeons that pollute the city center with their droppings, is introducing a mechanical falcon which squawks and flaps its wings in hopes of scaring the pesky birds away.

The city council is buying 10 Robops, short for robotic bird of prey, at a cost about $4,000 each.

That’s good and all, but if it were perfect it would do all of the following:

1. Fly

2. Bite the heads off of the pigeons.

Just saying.

That said, you can bet if I had $4,000 to throw away, I’d buy one of these badasses and have it mounted on my purse. Heavy? Maybe. Worth it? Definitely.

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  1. Kat
    April 23, 2007 11:38 am

    Speaking of birds, there was a show on the Science Channel about prehistoric birds hosted by Matt Lamanna Saturday night. I couldn’t watch it because the digital cable was all pixellated and wonky, but only on that channel.

  2. Ed Heath
    April 23, 2007 12:34 pm

    What would the *live* falcons living in the USX tower or the Cathedral think of these robots? (Hellooo, Bay-beee?)

    The mind boggles with possibilities.

    What we need is a NSF grant to CMU to build some of these things that can a) scare pigeons, b) defuse roadside bombs, c) fill in potholes or better yet, repave roads without regard to council district, d) fill out taxes (to do so correctly would probably require doubling the grant) and e) agree to serve on the ethics board *and* actually show up for meetings.

    Or maybe they should just settle for the easy out, and design ’em to explore Mars…

  3. gunn lino
    April 23, 2007 4:31 pm

    Let’s hear it for the pelican………

  4. Still A. Fan
    April 24, 2007 7:38 am

    i used to have a small garden on my property up against a neighbor’s fence. i tied string from the ground up so the green beans could spread out. since i lived near a field, rabbits were a constant problem. i went to a home & garden shop and bought ‘Al’. Al is a plastic owl that is about 18″ tall. he has yellow marbles for eyes that really reflect the light. his head is also “floating” on his neck by a sort of ball bearing and when the wind blows, it makes his head bob and he can spin 360 degrees. cost? $30. i’d like to meet the salesman that is getting 4 large for these robots because he could sell a freezer to an eskimo.

  5. PittGirl
    April 24, 2007 8:35 am

    My friend uses one of those owls to keep the birds away from her inground pool.