Paris library offers digs for killer falcons

16th June 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, June 16 (AFP) - Tired of the mess left by thousands of pigeons that foul its buildings, France's national library in Paris is going to lengths to attract a new resident: a peregrine falcon with an appetite for its stout avian cousins.

PARIS, June 16 (AFP) - Tired of the mess left by thousands of pigeons that foul its buildings, France's national library in Paris is going to lengths to attract a new resident: a peregrine falcon with an appetite for its stout avian cousins.

Managers of the modern complex in the east of the capital on Wednesday unveiled an artificial nest designed specifically to bring a passing falcon in to roost.

Built atop one of the four 80-metre (260-foot) high towers that store the library's books, the concrete nest built inside an opening has a floor covered in sand.

Falcons don't build their own abodes, but rather look for cavities in cliffs or other lofty areas, including city buildings, according to France's Bird Protection League, which is helping in the project.

The group said there are around 2,800 peregrine falcons in France, each of them with razor-sharp vision able to spot the custom-made nest - and the ready food supply nearby.

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