Brahminy Kite mobbed by Mynas

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“I was surprised to see another raptor chased by Mynas – this time a juvenile Brahminy Kite (Haliastur indus). It already had prey but was pursued by six Mynas until it left their location. I managed to catch up later with it for some images (above, below).

Hans Peeters was kind enough to pen a comment after the last post: ‘The term ‘social interaction’ is used intraspecifically in animal (and human) behavior. The word for your situation is ‘mobbing’, where potential prey gangs up as a group on a perceived predator to distract it from making a kill. Very often, passerines mob a raptor near their communal nest sites. Harmless large birds are sometimes attacked in this fashion because their large size fits the gestalt of a predator.’

“An article from the RSPB is given HERE.”

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
1st September 2014

Location: Malim Nawar Wetlands, Perak, Malaysia
Habitat: Extensive ex-tin mining area with extensive pond/lakes, wetlands, fish farming

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