Saturday, January 30, 2010



  1. The Brahminy Kite is distinctive and contrastingly coloured, 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. The pale patch on the underwing carpal region is of a squarish shape and separated from Buteo buzzards.
    Beak of Haliastur showing the characteristic circular nostril

    The Brahminy Kite is about the same size as the Black Kite and has a typical kite flight, with wings angled, but its tail is rounded unlike the Milvus species, Red Kite and Black Kite, which have forked tails. The two genera are however very close.

    The call is a mewing keeyew.

  2. The Jakarta Post
    Thursday, July 30, 2009 | 08:43 pm
    Braminy Kite and White-bellied Sea-eagle: Steps to rehabilitation and releas
    Apr, 27th 2008 12:48 PM

    Of all birds rehabilitated at Kotok Island, approximately 50 percent are releasable. The others must remain in captivity for various reasons.

    Birds that are kept for a long period in captivity are more dependent on people, and are thus less likely to be released.

    Below is a summary of the steps required to prepare a rescued or confiscated bird for release.

    Time required until release: minimum 3 months
    Step 1: Quarantine

    Bird's health checked in Jakarta

    Healthy bird transported to Kotok Island, and placed in isolation cage for two weeks

    Step 2: Socialization

    Bird is mixed with their own species in socialization cage with shallow ponds

    Live fish supplied at night during sleep to avoid human interaction

    When bird is capable of catching fish and is independent from people, it is moved to a cage in the sea

    Step 3: Release

    Final criteria that must be met before release are optimum flight condition and survival (able to catch fish directly from sea); once a bird proves capable of these, it is ready for release.

    A "wing marker" with identity number and color and a small radio transmitter is attached to bird for tracking.

    Identity tag also includes JAAN phone number, in case bird is recaptured or is found in a bad condition; JAAN staff on call to come to pick up bird.

    -- Ani Suswantoro



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