Wildlife officials of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport have relocated young red-tailed hawks as part of a programme to prevent air strikes by birds at the airport.

Since 2000, 28 aircraft have been destroyed by collisions with birds and other animals, according to Federal Aviation Administration data.

About 200 raptors have been removed from nests to improve airport safety since the beginning of the programme in 2001, USA Today reports.

Airport officials are trying to make the airport unattractive to birds by building fences, planting grass and covering water with nets.