Raptors and aircraft

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Edited by: Richard L. GlinskiBeth Giron PendletonMary Beth MossMaurice N.= LeFranc Jr.Brian A. Millsap, and Stephen W. Hoffman


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Less than 5% of all bird strikes of aircraft are by raptor species, but damage to airframe structure or jet engine dysfunction are likely consequences. Beneficial aircraft-raptor interactions include the use of raptor species to frighten unwanted birds from airport areas and the use of aircraft to census raptor species. Many interactions, however, modify the raptor?s immediate behavior and some may decrease reproduction of sensitive species. Raptors may respond to aircraft stimuli by exhibiting alarm, increased heart rate, flushing or fleeing and occasionally by directly attacking intruding aircraft. To date, most studies reveal that raptor responses to aircraft are brief and do not limit reproduction; however, additional study is needed.

Additional publication details

Publication type Book chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Title Raptors and aircraft
Series number 11
Year Published 1988
Language English
Publisher National Wildlife Federation
Publisher location Washington, DC
Contributing office(s) Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Description xv, 395
Larger Work Type Book
Larger Work Subtype Other Government Series
Larger Work Title Proceedings of the Southwest Raptor Management Symposium and Workshop
First page 360
Last page 367