Birds trained to catch drones

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d1Dutch police are training eagles to catch illegal drones out of the sky. They started this around the beginning of February and plan to carry this on throughout this year.

The birds are taught to catch the drones as if they were hunting for prey. However, this could be a problem as drones are sometimes flying too close to aeroplanes, so the police are apparently trying to get some protective clothing for the birds!

In a statement, the police have said, “The bird sees the drone as prey and takes it to a safe place, a place where he does not suffer from other birds or humans.”

British Police are watching this latest development very closely and are considering using eagles to bring down drones that are being used by criminals. There are also fears that terrorist groups will start using drones.

The RSPCA said, “In principle we would not have an issue with police forces training eagles in an attempt to tackle drones, although we would have concerns over the welfare of the birds.”

Worryingly, last month drones have been involved in four near misses at UK airports.



Athena and Grace, Year 5

Burgh School




7 Responses to Birds trained to catch drones

  1. Grace February 9, 2016 at 6:41 pm

    Thanks Bill

  2. Luke February 10, 2016 at 11:11 am

    Great Work Athena and Grace hopefully criminals don’t misuse the drones

  3. Louie February 10, 2016 at 11:11 am

    Great article! I can’t believe that a bird can be trained to catch a drone in mid air.

  4. alfie February 10, 2016 at 12:52 pm

    Great article, I really enjoyed reading this it was a great article and I wish I would’ve done an article on this.

    PS: I loved the idea

  5. Toby, nature correspondent February 10, 2016 at 2:49 pm

    Well done Grace and Athena, I never thought that a bald eagle could catch a drone. (By the way, did you know that the crow is the cleverest bird in the world?)

  6. Athena February 10, 2016 at 3:59 pm

    Thanks guys!

  7. Grace February 28, 2016 at 7:35 pm

    I didn’t know that the crow was the cleverest bird in the world and thanks for all the good comments 😀