Brahminy Kite – social behaviour

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I saw a number of Brahminy Kites (Haliastur indus intermedius) at this site. One was a family group of 3 birds, comprising an adult and 2 juveniles (below). The adult appeared to be ‘in attendance’ but the juveniles did attempt to forage on their own.

The two birds had slightly different plumage (below, more apparent in the field); one was lighter. Possibly there is much variation in juvenile colours (see Ferguson-Lees & Christie. Raptors of the World, 2001) or else the lighter juvenile is an older sibling.

 

Amar-Singh HSS (Dato’ Dr)

Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

 

Location: Ulu Dedap, Perak, Malaysia

Habitat: Extensive Rice Growing region, providing wetlands

Date: 7th February 2019

Equipment: Nikon D500 SLR with Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD, handheld with Rode VideoMic Pro Plus Shotgun Microphone

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