Is that a bird? AVES Drone hiding in plain sight

In design alone, at least the manufacturer is not kidding

Manufactured by Dutch stealth drone maker, The Drone Bird Company, the AVES drone is literally a bird – complete with wings, a beak and eyes.

Only that the bird does not live on usual bird food – because it is actually a drone; the latest in a series of new drones called The AVES Series by its manufacturer. The AVES drone bird is realistic, covert, light-weight, unobtrusive and comes in a wide range of models to choose from. The subtlety and long-range capability of the AVES Series allows for a reliable way to monitor even the most challenging of environments.


The fixed-wing, gull model is the most ideal drone for covert surveillance, reconnaissance, and other types of monitoring. This is because it is virtually undetectable and indistinguishable from the real thing, for both humans and animals. The AVES has gained interest from wildlife conservation and policing activities alike all over the world because of its unique flying platform. It is also ideal because of its modular payload, and because it can be modelled after any species most common to the client’s region, anywhere in the world. AVES provides accurate intelligence in a safe way.

The drone can also carry out tactical observation, mapping, and charting; infrastructure control with critical monitoring; search and rescue with thermal and visible light-based search and coordinate estimation; and surveying and remote sensing with orthomosaic, photogrammetry, mapping, and survey.

This is what the AVES drone bird can do


Although multiple designs are available, the Larus seagull has become the de facto flagship since the company says it is the most requested AVES model drone, because of its popular design and worldwide recognisability of the seagull. Below are its specifications:

  • Wing-span up to 2.5 m
  • Cruise speed 43 km/hr (12 m/s)
  • Endurance up to 1.5 hours
  • Range up to 40 km
  • Payload max. 500 grams
  • Operational ceiling 10,000 ft AMSL
  • Minimum covert height 50 m
  • Temperature limits -10C to +40C
  • Windspeed up to 20 kts (5 Bft)
  • Real-time telemetry link
  • Interchangeable sensor modules
  • Standard IR and visible spectrum cameras
  • Automatic launch and landing
  • Various autonomous modes

The Drone Bird Company is a Dutch technology company specialising in the development of fixed-wing and flapping-wing systems. Their drones are available for purchase or as a service. We solve pest bird problems in a non-lethal way with our flapping-wing falcon. The unique feature of this drone is its ability to chase birds away in the direction of choice out of harm’s way, without habituation. While the falcon drone bird has been in use commercially for the past several years, the latest addition to our flock has been in development: the AVES Series Larus.


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