Radars can be used to detect birds in situations where visual conditions are prohibitive: i.e. during the night, with fog, and at distances over the range of detection with binoculars and scopes. 

Radars are used both for scientific purposes or for preventing collisions with human infrastructures such as wind farms, electric power lines and airplanes. 

Therefore, radar for birds can be used:

  • to integrate the observations of the ornithologists during bird monitoring,

  • to acquire information on the movement pattern of birds during migration studies,

  • to record and document the number of birds in flight, single or in flock, and their trajectories,

  • to assess the collision risk with power lines and wind farm, and

  • to determine the avian traffic over airports and other areas of interest.