Real World Gardener Brahminy Kite in Wildlife in Focus

February 12th, 2016

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WILDLIFE IN FOCUS

Brahminy Kite

Not all birds come into our gardens not because us gardeners haven’t planted the right amount of trees, shrubs and groundcovers, but because they’re just not into gardens.
Birds of prey or raptors are one such bird that will most likely never visit, unless you’re a wildlife carer and happen to be looking after one.

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The Brahminy kite is a medium sized bird of prey with a white head and rest of body, being chestnut brown.

There are also black fingers that extend from the wings that are very distinctive when it's flying overhead.
Let’s find out about one of the smaller raptors of Australia. I'm talking with Dr Holly Parsons, manager of Birds in Backyards


So not all birds of prey are land birds.

Some like the Brahminy Kite have a niche that is more coastal bird of prey. 
Places they like to visit are estuaries, harbours and mangroves.

Brahminy kites have weak feet for a raptor and tend to feed on fish, small animals and crustaceans.

They also scavenge on carrion and can sometimes be seen at tips.

Occasionally they might steal food from other birds.
If you have any questions about identifying Brahminy Kites from other kites drop us a line to realworldgardener@gmail.com or write in to 2RRR PO Box 644 Gladesville NSW 1675

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