Brahminy Kite mobbed by a House Crow

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Humant Kumar from Andhra Pradesh, India shares his image of the Brahminy Kite (Haliastur indus) being mobbed by a House Crow (Corvus splendens) while flying and not at all threatening to the latter. The smaller crow has the advantage as it has better maneuverability than the larger kite.

House Crows are fearless and aggressive, targeting raptors larger than themselves, even when the latter is not of any threat. They have been known to attack dogs, cats and even bats. When in breeding mode, they also attack humans, especially when the chicks are fledging and has yet to master flight.

An earlier post also shows the aerial mobbing that resulted a few minutes of aerial battle with the kite flying off LINK. Check out a House Crow’s novel way of mobbing a Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) HERE.

Humant Kumar
Andhra Pradesh, India
May 2013

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