Kite with no bite

Bird back in hos­pi­tal af­ter pee­wee at­tack

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS - AMANDA ROBBEMOND amanda.robbemond@news.com.au

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.

Pic­ture: GLENN HAMP­SON

Naples re­cov­ers at Cur­rumbin Wildlife Hos­pi­tal with vet nurse Niki Evans.

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