Rufus the Hawk is a Harris Hawk used by the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club to keep pigeons away from their venue. Described as an “important member of the Wimbledon family”, Rufus has been scaring away the birds for fifteen years, taking over from the previous hawk, Hamish.
Rufus has accounts on Twitter and Facebook and his own Wimbledon security photocard pass with the job title of “Bird Scarer“. He is popular amongst Wimbledon fans who often ask to have their photograph taken with him.
On 28 June 2012 Rufus was stolen from the back of his owner’s car while it was parked on a private drive. The theft caused a “global outcry” with significant coverage in the media leading to Rufus being named “the world’s most notable bird” and “one of Britain’s best-known birds”. He was found three days later on Wimbledon Common.
The All England Club employ Rufus to patrol their 42-acre grounds throughout the year. Pigeons are particularly attracted to the roof of the centre court. He has also been employed to scare pigeons away.
Source: Rufus, The Hawk