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DISTRIBUTION AND HABITS OF KITES, Milvus migrans, Haliastur sphenurus AND H. indus lN PAPUA NEW GUINEA


Brahminy Kites Haliaslur indus are present in the highlands as well as in both northern and southern lowlands. Whistling Kites H. sphenurus are absent from the highlands    whilst Black Kites Milvus migrans are inexplicably absent from the southern lowland. Black Kites have increased in abundance perhaps replacing Whistling Kites and have colonized towns, where they feed on the carcasses of the introduced toad Bufo marines. Whistling Kites in Papua New Guinea possibly frequent aquatic habitats more than they do in Australia. Brahmin Kites occur regularly over rainforest canopies far from open spaces, where they hunt for prey, including birds. This is contrary to iheir behaviour in other parts of their global distribution.


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