Just like the fearsome bird of prey, the "mock hawk" dives and soars high above the playground at Kelburn Primary School in Largs, Ayrshire.
The decoy, which is attached to a flexible pole, has successfully cleared the school of gulls. The solution was devised by North Ayrshire Council's technical services department after the playground became a target for hungry seagulls.
Headteacher Joan Mackenzie said: "The school was plagued by seagulls and I wanted them removed but in an eco-friendly way.
"Our 'mock hawk' has made a real difference - seagulls no longer pester us."
Kelburn's janitor has been given the job of hawk-keeper. He is responsible for hoisting the kite into the air in the morning and bringing it down when the pupils go home.
North Ayrshire Council also has a back-up in the form of a real Harris Hawk, should the rogue birds twig to the decoy.
The hawk, provided by a contractor, does not attack the seagulls but simply acts as a deterrent.
Tony Gurney, North Ayrshire Council's Cabinet Member for Education Attainment and Achievement, said: "I am pleased that we have identified a safe and simple way of keeping the school free of seagulls.
"The kite is very popular with the youngsters who are entertained by its bird-like antics in the wind."