bird control systems bird control

Turkey Vulture Profile (the following is borrowed fully or adapted from the Turkey Vulture Society website)
"What is a Vulture?
Vultures are large carrion-eating birds. For years it was believed that all vultures were raptors, members of the order Falconiformes. In 1994, however, it was discovered that the vultures inhabiting the American continents share a common ancestor with storks and ibises. Now, American vultures, or New World vultures, are recognized as Ciconiiformes, in the family Cathartidae. European, African, and Asian vultures are recognized as Old World vultures (family Accipitridae, subfamily Aegypiinae). There are 15 species of Old World Vultures and 7 Species of New World Vultures. The Old World vultures have relatively strong feet, like the clutching talons of their raptorial ancestors. New World vultures have weak, chicken-like feet, which are suitable for running on the ground. These vultures cannot lift or carry food with their feet. They can only step on their food to hold it in place while eating. Similarly, the New World vultures have weaker, thinner beaks, unlike the strong beaks of their Old World counterparts.

What is a Buzzard?
Buzzard is the correct term for a family of hawks. In America, the term is often employed incorrectly to describe vultures. This probably dates back to the arrival of the first English colonists. There are no vultures of any type in England, so these pioneers probably gave the common term "buzzard" to all the soaring figures above the New World. The New World Vulture New World vultures are distributed in North, Central, and South America. They include the Turkey Vulture, Cathartes aura; Black Vulture, Coragyps atratus; California Condor, Gymnogyps californianus; Andean Condor, Vultur gryphus; King Vulture; and the Greater and Lesser Yellow-Headed Vultures. The Turkey Vulture is the subject of this report. The Turkey Vulture is common in the United States. Its keen sense of smell is vital for finding carrion. Black Vultures, a more southern species, lack the graceful flight pattern of the Turkey Vulture and depend more on keen eyesight than sense of smell. The California Condor, along with the Andean Condor, is one of the world's largest flying birds. Because of many years of persecution, the California Condor is in danger of extinction; an estimated 40 to 60 birds exist today.

The Turkey Vulture’s Appearance:
The Turkey Vulture's head, like its namesake, is bald and red. Its plumage is primarily dark brown (see photo to right). There is an important purpose to the vulture's bald head. When the vulture is eating carrion, it must often stick its head inside the carcass to reach the meat. A feathery head would capture unwanted pieces of the vulture's meal, along with all the bacteria it hosts. After mealtime, the turkey vulture perches in the heat of the sun. Here, whatever has managed to cling to the few bits of fuzz on their head will be baked off once and for all. Genders appear identical.

25 to 32 inches long, with a wingspan around 6 feet. Healthy adult Turkey Vultures weigh approximately 6 pounds.

Turkey vultures, like most other vultures, have very few vocalization capabilities. They can only utter hisses and grunts. They usually hiss when they feel threatened. Grunts are commonly heard from hungry young, and adults in courtship.

The Turkey Vulture, contrary to popular belief, does not feed strictly on carrion. This bird enjoys plant matter as well, including shoreline vegetation, pumpkin, and bits of other crops. The Turkey Vulture soars above the ground for most of the day, searching for food with its excellent eyesight and highly developed sense of smell. Extremely unaggressive and non-confrontational, the Turkey vulture will not feed on live prey, an occasional habit of its cousin the black vulture. Turkey Vultures can often be seen along roadsides, cleaning up road-kill, or near rivers, feasting on washed-up fish, another of their favorite foods.

Turkey Vultures fly with their wings in a dihedral (V-shape). They are most graceful in flight, and can soar for hours at high altitudes without ever flapping their wings. Their occasional necessary flaps and takeoffs are quite laborious, however, and the birds often fall victim to predators and cars as a result.

How the Turkey Vulture Flies: The turkey vulture is one of the most skilled gliders among the North American birds. It migrates across the continents with minimal energy output. Vultures launch themselves from their perches only after the morning air has warmed. Then, they circle upward, searching for pockets of rising warm air, or thermals. Once they have secured a thermal, they allow it to carry them upward in rising circles. When they reach the top of the thermal, they dive across the sky at speeds near 60 miles per hour, losing altitude until they reach another thermal. All this is done without the necessity to flap. In fact, the turkey vulture can glide for over 6 hours at a time without flapping a wing!

By far the most widespread of the New World vultures, the Turkey Vulture can be found throughout the entire United States, north into Canada along the east and west coasts, and south into central South America. These birds prefer open areas, but can be found almost anywhere. They live along coastlines; in deserts; throughout plains; and even in inland forests.

The Turkey Vulture is gentle and non-aggressive. Turkey Vultures roost in large community groups, breaking away to forage independently during the day. They will perch in lofty locales where they can take full advantage of the sun’s arched movement through the sky. Turkey Vulture Nests: The turkey vulture nests on the ground and in caves. It does not construct a traditional "nest," but rather scratches out an indentation in the soil. Vulture nests are often found in abandoned barns and sheds, which provide safe hiding places similar to a cave of hollowed log.

Turkey vultures can raise only one brood a year, consisting of 1 to 3 (but usually 2) blotchy-looking eggs. Both parents share the responsibilities of incubating and caring for the brood. Young are covered in pure white down, and have dark grey faces. Incubation: The eggs incubate for 38 to 41 days. Both parents share the responsibilities of incubation.

Life Cycle: Young fledge 70 to 80 days after hatching. Immature fledglings still have darker heads, and from a distance can be confused with the black vulture.

This bird is protected by international Migratory Bird treaties, and its numbers are healthy. It is estimated that turkey vulture populations have grown by 1.79% in recent years.

Relocation Methods:
The most reliable relocation method is a shocking barrier( shocking barriers are harmless, while being chemical and poison free). The most reliable shocking barrier is an air insulated electric barrier specially adapted for Buzzards and Vultures. The service life and component's life of air insulated electric barriers is 3x to several times longer than tracks, tapes, and strips. This is because the Vultures and Buzzards system must be placed mostly in full sun and only air insulated electric barrier lasts decades in the full sun.

Download System Specifications for AFI Avian Averting System Air-Insulated Electric Barrier

Click for enlarged view of Original Screw Fastened Air-Insulated Electric Barrier

Follow us on Facebook, Youtube, Twitter and LinkedIn for the best of bird control all across America:

FlyAway's "Invisible" Electric Vulture Barrier

Vulture Control Perfection!

  • Safe, Harmless, Permanent, and Scalable to Any Application

  • "Air Insulated" and Engineered for Efficiency

  • Simply the Best and Most Effective Vulture/Buzzard Control Solution!

    • Costs Less
    • Looks Better
    • Lasts Longer (The Only FULL SUN Solution!)

          The Best Commercial Vulture/Buzzard Control Solution - Satisfaction Guaranteed

          Expert Elimination of Pigeons, Vultures, Buzzards, and Gulls

          To Vulture proof your building, Avian Flyaway's Avian Averting System is the ultimate buzzard control solution; it is based on the Pavlovian theory of behavior modification. Imagine an entire flock of Turkey Vultures simply flying away! Behavior modification techniques train birds to avoid your property, eliminating nesting and roosting sites. Flyaway treats WHY birds are there; not where you see them. The Avian Flyaway bird deterrent will bird proof your structures, when you want to get rid of birds our electric bird removal system is the best.

          The pest bird receives a punishment signal similar to the static charge one gets when shuffling across a dry, carpeted surface and touching a doorknob. The discharge feels uncomfortable, but is actually harmless because it is an extremely low current. AFI's bird deterrent system causes the birds to fly away and stay away.

          Our vulture deterrent system is virtually invisible, using UV protected clear polycarbonate insulators. Avian Flyaway's electronic bird control is air insulated. 99% of the system is virtually invisible and insulated by nothing but the air. Tiny stainless steel wires running parallel just above the surface while floating in the air create the perfect bird control system. Nothing to deteriorate and nothing to clean; it's nothing but invisible stainless steel and air!

          Although permanently fastening Avian Flyaway's invisible avian averting system with stainless steel screws is still the best buzzard control solution because it lasts up to several decades, Flyaway now has a new glued down insulator that is also air insulated. This is the latest innovation in bird control technology because it renders shocking barrier strips, track, and tapes, totally obsolete. Flyaway invented moldable barrier strip in the early 1990s and that design has been copied by several imitators because it seemed so ingenious. Over the years, performing hundreds of installations for electric bird control Avian Flyaway has learned there is no way for electrical conductors to lie flat on acrylic, vinyl, PVC, polyurethane, or any other type of plastic without collecting dust and other contaminants and exhibiting various electrical inefficiencies(air insulated design eliminates all these inefficiencies). We recognized those shortcomings quickly in the early 1990s and thus designed and installed such an approach as sparingly as possible over those years! The funniest part is to see designs we tossed out due to glaring inefficiencies almost 20 years ago recycled and promoted by product pushers clueless about electronic bird control. Maintaining our status as the innovation leader in efficient bird control that lasts longer, works best, and is virtually invisible Avian Flyaway has now expanded our air insulated line to include a solution for all surfaces including those requiring adhesive fastening. Avian Flyaway, innovation years ahead of the rest!

          Aesthetics are stressed with all vulture removal installations. Our systems have a low visual impact and are ecologically sound. We use no chemicals or mechanical flight obstructions that may harm the birds. Your bird problem is solved; AFI is the commercial leader in invisible bird proofing solutions.

          Avian FlyAway is the commercial buzzard control installation leader. We bird proof your building, satisfaction guaranteed. Our invisible electric bird deterrent is simply the most effective system for bird control nationwide; it costs less, looks better, and lasts longer.

          "Flyaway's Avian Averting System solved a major problem, by eliminating pigeons nesting and roosting in a mechanical chiller area. No fuss, no mess and excellent results. I highly recommend the professional expertise of Flyaway."

          Patrick W. Murphy, Jr. -Biomedical Research Center, Shreveport, LA

          "Avian has installed their system on 12 of our buildings. Every installation has been not only 100% effective, but also virtually invisible. It's difficult to find a company that stands by their promise as they did."

          Santa Clara University - Santa Clara, California

          "Avian FlyAway installed their Electric Barrier System on a number of buildings on our campus. We have absolutely no sign of pigeon droppings or feathers after several years since the system was installed. Other methods used to solve the problem had little or no effect."

          Colorado College- Colorado Springs, Colorado

          "We are extremely satisfied with the Avian FlyAway Electric Barrier System and would recommend the system without hesitation. The pigeons left immediately and have not returned after several years."

          University of California Davis- Davis, California

          "Thank you for the outstanding job you and your co-workers did on the installation of our Bird Relocation System. I can't begin to add up how much time and money your system has saved the University."

          Texas A&M University- Corpus Christi, Texas

          Avian FlyAway's Invisible Bird Relocation

          > Air Insulated Open-Wire Electric Barrier

          > The Best Commercial Bird Proof Solution

          > Satisfaction Guaranteed Bird Control

          > Custom Designed/Installed Nationwide

Home  ::  Nesting Pigeon Deterrent  ::  Soaring Bird Repellents  ::  Migratory Grackle Deterrent  ::  Pigeon Bird Control  ::  Testimonials  ::  Building Bird Solutions FAQs  ::  Roosting Deterrents FAQs  :  About  ::  Contact

Powered by Digitakes Dallas Web Design