Brahminy Kite (Haliastur indus) - HBW 2, p. 119
French: Milan sacré
Spanish: Milano Brahmán
Other common names: Red-backed/White-headed Sea-eagle, Red-backed Kite, Whistling Eagle
Taxonomy: Falco Indus Boddaert, 1783, Pondicherry, India.
Placed in genus Milvus by some authorities, but differs in plumage, voice and behaviour. Four subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- indus (Boddaert, 1783) - Pakistan, India and Sri Lanka through SE Asia to S China.
- intermedius Blyth, 1865 - Malay Peninsula, Greater and Lesser Sundas, Sulawesi and related small islands, Philippines and Sula Is (C Moluccas).
- girrenera (Vieillot, 1822) - Moluccas, New Guinea, Bismarck Archipelago and Australia.
- flavirostris Condon & Amadon, 1954 - Solomon Is.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 39 videos
An adult and an immature on a branch, the latter rubbing its bill Locality Point Calimere, Tamil Nadu, India (ssp indus)
Stefan Behrens 2001 7 years ago 37 sec 4.8
An adult and an immature in a tree Locality Point Calimere, Tamil Nadu, India (ssp indus)
Stefan Behrens 2001 7 years ago 32 sec 4.8
An adult preening on a branch Locality Australia (ssp girrenera)
Tom Tarrant 1996 9 years ago 35 sec 4.7
A bird being harassed and chaning of perch Locality Beachmere, Queensland, Australia (ssp girrenera)
Eldert Groenewoud 21 July 2007 5 years ago 52 sec 4.6
A bird on a branch, looking around Locality Point Calimere, Tamil Nadu, India (ssp indus)
Stefan Behrens 2001 7 years ago 20 sec 4.6
An adult bird perched and preening close to its nest where there is a chick. Locality Kirakira, Makira (San Cristobal) Island, Makira-Ulawa Province, Solomon Islands (ssp flavirostris)
Josep del Hoyo 22 September 2010 3 years ago 47 sec 4
PhotosSee all 84 photos
A bird about to take off from a puddle in the road
Locality Lakefield National Park, Queensland, Australia (ssp girrenera)
Arthur Grosset 17 November 2010 19 weeks ago 4.6
An adult bird perched on a branch.
Locality Cat Tien National Park, Cochinchina, Vietnam (ssp indus)
Igor Palko 8 March 2013 39 weeks ago 4.4
A bird on a cement pillar
Locality Chilika Lake, Orissa, India (ssp indus)
Soumyadeep Chatterjee 97 28 December 2012 1 year ago 4.4
perched on the tree top
Locality Similan Islands National Park, Phang Nga Province, Southern Thailand, Thailand
Marco Valentini 21 March 2013 1 year ago 4.2
Adult taking flight.
Locality Krabi, Southern Thailand, Thailand (ssp intermedius)
Carmelo López 11 December 2008 2 years ago 4.2
in flight at Chapora river.
Locality North Goa District, Goa, India
Lior Kislev 20 February 2006 2 years ago 4.1