BLACK KITE PROJECT
We have structured our research inquiry as a comprehensive assessment of the response by Black kites Milvus migrans to an urban gradient within the megacity of Delhi. Thus, the study has a leading theme; the variation of several behavioural, life history, physiological and demographic traits along this steep and juxtaposed urban gradient. The fieldwork is structured to cover the whole gradient as frequently as possible in a very continuous manner, rather than through dual comparisons between urban vs rural sites. We also use cutting-edge GPS-telemetry and last-generation accelerometry to test how kites move and forage within the city, how they select urban sites for foraging and how this varies along the urbanization gradient. Over the longer-term, we will also examine how two Black kite sub-species (the resident Milvus migrans govinda and the migratory Milvus migrans lineatus from central-northern Asia), that co-occur within Delhi during ~October-March, may differentially exploit an urban environment.
Humans Have Been Sharing Food With Animals for Centuries. Why Is That?
The New York Times
Delhi’s Kite Runner: An amateur curiosity that explains effects of unplanned urbanisation
The Economic Times
Good news for Delhi's bird lovers as black kites thrive in the Capital
The Dailymail, UK
Urban areas may seem an easy place to study opportunistic raptors such as kites and kestrels, but researcher Nishant Kumar from the Wildlife Institute of India (WII) faces a new hurdle each day in the field.
Feeding Wildlife or Feeding Conflict: How Human Subsidy Affects Urban Wildlife
The Weather Channel
Down to Earth
For Delhi’s Black Kites, it’s a trade-off
In Faridabad village, a dead bird, a GPS tag and cross-border fears
The Indian Express
हर साल 10 हजार विदेशी और भारतीय चीलें दिल्ली का 4000 टन कचरा करती हैं साफ