In Mumbai, right next to my family's apartment, Black kites were using mostly-white Tee shirts as well as blue plastic and other found clothing-scraps. I particularly noticed the Tee shirts when we visited in 2008, but I couldn't read the T-shirt logos to see what brand they preferred(!).

-Nari Mistry

At 8:37 AM -0500 1/21/11, Meena Haribal wrote:
Chris et al,
In India, at least those Black Kites (Milvus migrans govinda) that nested near my house or my office in Mumbai, preferred golden materials, especially those of fire cracker wrappers. And crows (Corvus splendens) preferred metal coat (ok clothes) hangers to sticks.

I guess where these guys studied the Black Kites did not have exotic colors available.

I wonder what would happen if they were given different choice of colors would they show a gradient in their fitness.


Nari B. Mistry,
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