Hawks and Eagles (Accipitridae)

Brahminy Kite (Haliastur indus) - HBW 2, p. 119

French: Milan sacré German: Brahminenweih 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.