Uncommon resident and scarce disperser in all seasons; breeds in Kuwait. A non-indigenous species from southern Asia. It is assumed birds in Kuwait arrived aboard ships, as has occurred in many other Arabian ports. Numbers are still low in Kuwait.
Where in Kuwait
Kuwait has a small, but stable population that appears to be restricted to the Free Trade Zone and is sometimes seen around Salmiya and Sharq along the Gulf Road
In the world
It has an extremely large range with a stable population. It has a widespread distribution in southern Asia, being native to Nepal, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Maldives and Laccadive Islands, South West Thailand and coastal southern Iran. It has been introduced to East Africa around Zanzibar (around 1897) and Port Sudan, and arrived in Australia via ship but has up to now been exterminated. It is associated with human settlements in all of its range, from small villages to large cities. Due to a human population explosion in the areas it inhabits, this species has also proportionately multiplied. Being an omnivorous scavenger has enabled it to thrive in such circumstances. The invasive potential for the species is great all over the tropics. This species is able to make use of resources with great flexibility and appears to be associated with humans, and no populations are known to exist independently of humans