Sonoran Desert Bird Abatement, LLC
We are falconers, an ancient hunting sport utilizing birds of prey. Hunting hawks and falcons are used to “haze” nuisance birds, thereby leading them to deem an area unsafe. We call it “Bird Security”. This sustainable relocation of birds is maintained by allowing falconry birds to regularly patrol the area. That’s what we do! Our team of falconers have over 20 years experience training raptors and will utilize a variety of birds based on the needs of your organization. Our go-to bird is the native Arizonian Harris’ hawk. Harris’ hawks are known for their social temperament and ability to fly in groups or casts.
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Establish Bird of Prey Territory
What Can We Do For You?
Pigeon, European starling, and gull commonly congregate, creating unsightly and unsanitary conditions. Some birds can be destructive, eating cash-producing crops. Poisons, traps, owl silhouettes, scarecrow, and netting are frequently used unsuccessfully to deter birds from gathering. These birds find their way back to the preferred location. Successful abatement involves making this location no longer preferable. Birds will not frequent areas heavily occupied by predators.
Put our formidable team of hawks & falcons on patrol to rid your land of unsanitary pigeon, grackle, gull, or starling.
Sustainable management of nuisance birds of prey while adding the unique sport of falconry to your marketing value and customer appeal.
- Bird Abatement 75%
- Marketing Value 25%
The native Arizonian Harris’ hawks are as intelligent as they are determined. These birds can be flown in groups, we call casts. A group of Harris’ hawks are perfect for pigeon control. Once we establish a pattern for flying the hawks in your area, the pigeon won’t feel its a safe bet to stay.
Falcons or longwings are aerial flyers, frequently obtaining heights over 2,000 feet above. The peregrine falcon is the fastest animal in the world, clocked at a maximum speed of 242 mph, according to National Geographic. Falcons are best used for vineyards and farmland to detract crop-stealing grackle.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Bird abatement employing falconry birds is a sustainable solution to rid any area of nuisance birds. It is not, however, a one-time endeavor. Falconry bird abatement requires us to consistently release the birds of prey in the desired location to establish that range as their territory. When dealing with intelligent birds, like Raven and Crows, this can be a war of wills. The Crow can easily learn what times the hawks and falcons are not there and simply come then. For that reason, prior to harvest our birds need to be on patrol from sun-up to sun-down! See the frequently asked questions for more insight on falconry bird abatement.
Who is your typical client?
Homeowner’s associations, master planned communities, golf courses, resorts, farms, commercial buildings, vineyards, airports, and landfills are most likely to benefit from a long-term falconry-based bird abatement program.
How much does it cost?
Falconry-based bird abatement averages $50 dollars per hour for a licensed and fully insured firm. We provide a free consultation to survey your property and give you an idea of the financial and time commitment involved.
Can I also use other methods to deter birds?
That depends. If you are using poisons, those must be discontinued prior to the start of a falconry-based abatement program. Depending on the types of poisons employed in the past, it may not be safe for our birds to fly the area. We’d appreciate full disclosure on the past use of poisons. Many other methods used to deter birds like spikes will also need to be removed.
Will the hawks and falcons kill the birds?
That isn’t the goal but we can’t promise it will never happen. Our goal is to frighten the nuisance birds. Our hawks and falcons will be flown for other reward, so their goal will not be to kill. However, birds of prey are opportunistic and will seize any chance to make contact.
Are they your pets?
No. We love our falconry team and they are just that, our comrades or teammates. They are not pets.
What do they eat?
Our falconry team is fed a very well-balanced diet of quail, chicken, mice, rats, and grass-fed beef heart.
What other services do you offer?
Falconry-based bird abatement can be very beneficial to your company if you have customers on-site. We are willing to provide educational workshops on birds of prey as part of our abatement program. Resorts and clubs can also benefit from allowing customers or members to watch abatement activities.