Researchers at UMD have developed an incredible robot that’s so realistic that bystanders may easily confuse it for a real live bird. John Gerdes, a mechanical engineer, says that “seagulls, songbirds and sometimes crows tend to try to fly in a formation near the bird during testing, but birds of prey, like falcons and hawks take a much more aggressive approach.” Continue reading for a video and more information.

The team at the University of Maryland made Robo-Raven’s chassis from carbon fiber, a thermal-resistant plastic, Mylar foil and foam. The robot has the unique ability to flap its wings completely independently of each other, enabling the bird to perform extreme aerobatic maneuvers.

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