Known as elang bondol in Indonesia, the Brahminy Kite is the official mascot of Jakarta.
Distribution / Range
It is evaluated as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
The Brahminy Kite is an attractive bird, with chestnut plumage except for the white head and breast and black wing tips.
The juveniles are browner, but can be distinguished from both the resident and migratory races of Black Kite in Asia by the paler appearance, shorter wings and rounded tail. (Please refer to the photo below in the "Photo Gallery."
Nesting / Breeding
The breeding season is from December to April. This species nests in trees, often close to water. They show considerable site fidelity nesting in the same area year after year. In some rare instances they have been seen to nest on the ground under trees.
Diet / Feeding
It is mainly a scavenger, feeding mainly on dead fish and crabs, especially in wetlands and marshland, but occasionally hunts live prey such as hares and bats.
Young birds may indulge in play behaviour, dropping leaves and attempting to catch them in the air (please refer to photo below0.
When fishing over water, they may sometimes land in the water but manage to swim and take off without much trouble.
They roost communally on large and isolated trees and as many as 600 have been seen at just one location.
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