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Osprey Bird Kite
We sell a lot of fearsome, predatory Osprey kites to marinas and boat owners to use as a scarecrow; they're great for keeping sea gulls and pelicans away, as well as smaller pests like blackbirds and sparrows (but not so great for ducks, according to one customer...the Peregrine Falcon kite might repel ducks more successfully). Wingspan is 44" (1.12 meters). The Osprey and Falcon kites are identical except for their printed graphics. We recommend the American Bald Eagle kite if geese are your problem.
Bird kites look amazing with their wings flapping in the breeze. If you have a high speed Internet connection, you don't have to take our word for it; check out the manufacturer's video. (It's a very big movie; give it plenty of time to load). From a distance, it looks just like a real bird.
All of our kites are made of weather-resistant Tyvek, a paper-like material made from plastic fibers. While the Tyvek itself is nearly indestructible, we recommend taking your kite down when sustained winds exceed 25 mph, as excessive wind (especially when combined with rain) will weaken the seams and eventually cause one to fail.
Assembled or Unassembled?
Non-US customers please note: At checkout, our software will offer you a First Class International Package rate based on this product's weight. However, bird kite tubes exceed the maximum allowable length for that rate. Please do not choose First Class International, as we cannot ship your kite outside of the US at that rate. We will have to either cancel your order or collect the additional cost for Priority Mail International.
About the Add-Ons
Poles: Jackite constantly sells out and replenishes specific poles. We try to keep our list up to date, but they don't always have all of the colors and sizes shown in our dropdown options. If the pole that you choose is unavailable, we will substitute the closest size and color that they have.
The 16' (4.87 m) or 17' (5.18 m) poles are recommended for standard-sized kites, although some customers prefer the 20' (6.09 m) length. And those who believe that higher is always better can go with the 28' (8.53 m) pole. The fiberglass poles telescope like an antenna from a collapsed length of just 46" (1.17 m). Extend the sections and twist to lock (to make your pole shorter, just don't extend all of the sections). These differ from telescoping fishing rods by having a reinforced butt end to prevent splitting, thicker walls for less breakage, and a thicker tip.
We only sell poles as add-ons with kite purchases, not as a standalone product. Adding a pole to your order increases the shipping charge. Orders that include poles require special packaging and will ship factory-direct rather than from Curio City's warehouse, so it might take us an extra day or two to fulfill your order. Orders with poles usually ship via UPS Ground regardless of the shipping method that you choose at checkout. Jackite guarantees all poles for 90 days and sells replacement sections for a modest fee plus shipping if your pole breaks after that.
Ground Stake: This 22" (55.9 cm) length of PVC pipe with an angle cut on one end is the most popular way to set your kite pole. Push it into soft dirt or sand and insert your pole in the open end to hold it vertically. Adding a stake to your order increases the shipping charge. You can easily make one yourself, or buy ours to save yourself the hassle. Recommended for use with 13', 16', and 20' poles.
Flat Deck Mount: Attach this to any flat vertical surface, such as a deck or fence post. Can also be installed on the bumper of an RV, truck, or car. For 16' and 20' poles, it's made of metal and painted white. Can be repainted.
Side Deck Mount: Like the Flat Deck Mount but designed for corners.
Glue: You only need glue for Unassembled bird kites. We don't stock those anymore, but you might want some glue anyway to make minor repairs. If you tick the box above, we will slip a vial of waterproof white glue into your kite's shipping tube. ("Waterproof" means that your kite can withstand periodic rain storms, but any glue will eventually start to dissolve if subjected to frequent, repeated soakings.)
Line Rig: You don't need a Line Rig to fly your kite, but it's the quickest and easiest way to attach one like a windsock to a fixed pole. The Line Rig can be used with any bird kite, although it was specifically designed for use with Osprey, Loon, Happy Gull, Dove, Eagle, or Goose bird kites. You get 7' (2.13 m) of strong, lightweight line with large swivels on each end. Snap one end onto your bird kite, snap the other end to the top of your pole, and you're ready to fly with minimal wrapping. Recommended for poles at least 13' (4 m) high. Adding a line rig to a kite purchase will not increase your shipping charge.
Remember to choose between Unassembled and Assembled versions.
The Osprey is our #1 bestselling bird kite.
Although many thousands of people successfully use our predatory bird kites as scarecrows every day, there is too much variety among different wildlife populations to guarantee that any particular kite will repel your specific birds, especially if they are very tame or unafraid of predation. One customer told us that her ducks were unimpressed by the osprey kite, but they work great for sea gulls.