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We have an injured kite in our lawn these days. yesterday we applied turmeric powder mixed in mustard oil on its wing .I have a feeling that this kite won't be able to fly again.If i keep it as pet what are the challenges that i may face ? Also how to approach it when it is freely sitting in lawn. Right now it can not even fly one feet high.Its been almost a week that she is in our lawn and we finally decided to approach her.Only yesterday she was in our cage. And we feed her some meat.

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Today she beat a crow badly in lawn.
Now she is sitting upright and straight which is a bit of improvement.


ANSWER: Hi Mahreen,

I do not know what the laws are in Pakistan but over here in the USA is it a huge fine to keep any raptor as a pet. The fine is $10,000.

If there is no law there like that, good, but you really must contact a falconer over there and talk to them about treating her.

Her wing doesn't look that bad, but I am not there and cannot touch it.
I will tell you this, however, she MUST be in MUCH LARGER cage than that or she will beat all the feathers off her wings and tail and break and shatter them.

Also remember that these are wild animals, not pets, and cannot usually be tamed once they are adults, unless you train them as a hunting falcon. Thus I URGE you to get in contact with a master falconer or a Rehab center where you live to help you with her.

This looks like a Black Kite, native to your country. Very beautiful!

You also MUST feed her meat with bones and fur if possible, or she will get a sour crop and die.

Another to consider is that she looks like a juvenile of whatever breed of Kite that she is.

Please contact a local Master falconer as soon as you can!!!!

I just found this on Facebook:

Please contact them!!

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QUESTION: Thankx for shearing link.And all ur good advice.kite is intelligent bird she know how people can protect her though she z free but last night it spent sitting near security guard.We will takecare of her till she z good on its own.
I have on more question for you sir.
I have two alexandrian parrots. Can you tell what this pose or gesture of parrot in pic means?
And thankx for being here on this site.

Hi Mahreen,

Unfortunately I don't know much about parrots or birds that people keep as pets.
I only know information about raptors as I have studied them for decades.

There are bird experts on here, just look under Ask an Expert.
Well I looked under parrots but can't find an expert, however there is a veterinarian here on board from Qtar that might be able to help you.

He is under "Ask the Veterinarian" where you found me. Good Luck Mahreen.  

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