Kite with no bite
Bird back in hospital after peewee attack
HE is supposed to be king of the skies but this young brahminy kite will need to find a new home after being the victim of backyard bullying.
Orphaned by his parents, four-month-old Naples is back at Currumbin Wildlife Hospital after being injured by aggressive peewees and magpies at the Isle of Capri.
The bird was rescued just over a month ago by Rowley Goonan from Wild Bird Rescues when found with serious head injuries.
“We believe he suffered initial head trauma,” Mr Goonan said.
“He was probably attacked by the black and whites early on in the piece. He never really had a chance.”
Naples spent a few weeks at the wildlife hospital recovering before being released, but soon after he ran into trouble with peewees.
“Big birds get driven to the ground,” Mr Goonan said.
“A resident called soon after and said there was (Naples) ... getting absolutely pounded in her backyard.
“He wouldn’t have lasted much longer, they would have killed him.”
Mr Goonan said smaller birds targeted the bigger birds as they considered them threats.
Currumbin Wildlife Hospital senior vet Michael Pyne said Naples was doing well and had a fellow brahminy kite, Bari, as a friend.
He said it was common this time of year for the younger kites to come through the hospital abandoned or attacked by peewees. Up to 10 are admitted each season.
He said Naples had been given a full check up including X-rays and an endoscopy.
“He’s completely fine, it’s a case of getting him strong enough,” he said. “It’s like releasing a nine-year-old and saying you’ll be right, when he really needs to be 16.”
Naples is likely to stay for about three months before being released in a different area to avoid the birds.
Naples recovers at Currumbin Wildlife Hospital with vet nurse Niki Evans.