Black-shouldered Kites

To: Danny McCreadie <>
Subject: Black-shouldered Kites
From: Ian Fraser <>
Date: Fri, 16 Jul 2021 02:07:23 +0000

That's a Striated. They don't seem to start as early as the Yellow-rumps, but do start nest-building about now. They might be reconsidering this week though!

And re Isobel's comment on it being an adaptation to avoiding cuckoo parasitism, I hadn't heard that one but it makes perfect sense.


On 15/07/2021 5:49 pm, Danny McCreadie wrote:

Thanks Ian, that’s interesting.


I didn’t get a pic with their rumps showing but here is one of the nest builders.





Depends on which thornbills Danny. Yellow-rumpeds do start in the dead of winter, which is counter-intuitive for such a small bird. Chicks are fledging by the start of spring.


On 15/07/2021 5:27 pm, Danny McCreadie wrote:

Hi Ben, yes likely to be courtship displays. I have seen them in S.A.


Larger birds will be going to nest soon. I also saw a pair of Thornbills building a nest at Namadgi the other weekend, which seems too soon.




From: Canberrabirds On Behalf Of Benjamin Serafin via Canberrabirds
Sent: Thursday, July 15, 2021 3:42 PM
To: Alison ; Rob Geraghty
Cc: Canberrabirds
Subject: Re: [Canberrabirds] Black-shouldered Kites


2 together over Yass Gorge on Sunday, chasing and grappling and making a bit of noise which I've never noticed before. Possible courtship display?




From: Canberrabirds <> on behalf of Rob Geraghty via Canberrabirds <>
Sent: Thursday, 15 July 2021 10:58 AM
To: Alison <>
Cc: Canberrabirds <>
Subject: Re: [Canberrabirds] Black-shouldered Kites


FWIW I saw one last week in the grasslands between the Majura parkway and the Campbell Park forest. 


On Wed, 14 Jul 2021, 21:40 Alison, <> wrote:

My neighbour, who drives this way regularly, has told me that she has often seen these birds near the turn-off to Coppins Crossings.




From: Canberrabirds On Behalf Of Nicki Taws
Sent: Wednesday, 14 July 2021 8:34 PM
Subject: [Canberrabirds] Black-shouldered Kites


2 Black-shouldered Kites were present just north of Coppins Crossing on Monday afternoon. One was carrying a stick in its beak as it flew towards a pine tree but I wasn’t able to watch where it landed.




Nicki Taws

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