Black Shouldered Kites Are Back With A Vengeance

June 11, 2012

With the onslaught of winter, the Black Shouldered Kites are back with a vengeance.  May is the time of the year to witness  their aerial courtship displays. The male may fly around slowly with stiff exaggerated flaps. Courting males dive at the female, feeding her in mid-flight. Females select males based on the quality of his territory. Numerous pairs have made home on Gondwana already. These monogamous pairs usually breed in June to August.