Mexico's airport falcons keep nuisance birds away

Personnel of the Fumigation and Avian Control company release a Harris's hawk for it to patrol the runways and air space over Mexico's international airport. Hawks and peregrine falcons are deployed to prevent collision between birds and planes. – AFP pic, February 1, 2018.

FAR from the crowds of passengers, lines and passport control, Madison spreads his wings on the side of a runway at Mexico’s international airport, the busiest in Latin America.

He is one of several peregrine falcons deployed to prevent “bird strikes” – a hazardous collision between birds and planes that can have dangerous and even catastrophic consequences.

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