The Black-breasted Kite is unusual in that it uses stones as a tool to crack Emu eggs. This one here has stone in its mouth and is about to drop it on an imitation Emu egg at Currumbin Sanctuary.
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Black Breasted Buzzard (Hamirostra melanosternon)
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BLACK-BREASTED KITE FACTS
The Black-breasted Kite is a large dark bird with short, square-tipped tail. This bird is unusual in that it uses stones as a tool to crack Emu eggs.
60cm long with wingspan of 1.5m
lightly timbered plains, open country and tree-lined waterways through inland Australia
rabbits, ground birds, lizards and carrion
The nest is a platform of sticks with shallow saucer is lined with green leaves. It is built on a strong limb or fork of a tree. Lays 2 eggs.
northern and central Australia
Map is from Atlas of Living Australia website at http://biocache.ala.org.au licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License
|Common Name:||Black-breasted Kite|