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 38 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 6 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 6 years ago 32 sec 4.8
An adult preening on a branch Locality Australia (ssp girrenera)
Tom Tarrant 1996 8 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 6 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 2 years ago 47 sec 4
PhotosSee all 69 photos
A bird on a cement pillar
Locality Chilika Lake, Orissa, India (ssp indus)
Soumyadeep Chatterjee 97 28 December 2012 20 weeks ago 4.4
perched on the tree top
Locality Similan Islands National Park, Phang Nga Province, Southern Thailand, Thailand
Marco Valentini 21 March 2013 11 weeks ago 4.2
Adult taking flight.
Locality Krabi, Southern Thailand, Thailand (ssp intermedius)
Carmelo López 11 December 2008 1 year ago 4.2
in flight at Chapora river.
Locality North Goa District, Goa, India
Lior Kislev 20 February 2006 1 year ago 4.1
An adult male perched on a tree branch.
Locality Thattekad Bird Sanctuary, Ernakulam District, Kerala, India (ssp indus)
Carmelo López 4 May 2010 2 years ago 4.1
A Brahminy Kite picked up a large rat from the water and passed it to the partner in mid-air near by.
Locality Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, Singapore
William IP 26 December 2011 1 year ago 4