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 42 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 8 years ago 37 sec 4.9
An adult and an immature in a tree Locality Point Calimere, Tamil Nadu, India (ssp indus)
Stefan Behrens 2001 8 years ago 32 sec 4.9
A bird on a branch, looking around Locality Point Calimere, Tamil Nadu, India (ssp indus)
Stefan Behrens 2001 8 years ago 20 sec 4.8
An adult preening on a branch Locality Australia (ssp girrenera)
Tom Tarrant 1996 10 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 7 years ago 52 sec 4.6
A bird drying the plumage in a dead tree and flying away. Locality Weda Resort, Sawai, Weda, Halmahera, Maluku Islands (Indonesia) (ssp girrenera)
Josep del Hoyo 1 September 2014 32 weeks ago 24 sec 4.5
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Adult flying along coastline. Composite photo.
Locality Nias Island, North Sumatra Region, Sumatra (Indonesia)
Björn Svensson 21 April 2013 6 weeks ago 4.5
Name: Brahminy KiteScientific Name: Haliastur indusBird Family: Accipitrinae - Hawks, bazas, honey-buzzards, eagles, kites, vult
Locality Mangalajodi, Odissa, India
Kaustav Banerjee 1 January 2014 36 weeks ago 4.4
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 1 year ago 4.3
An adult bird perched on a branch.
Locality Cat Tien National Park, Vietnam (ssp indus)
Igor Palko 8 March 2013 1 year ago 4.3
perched on the tree top
Locality Similan Islands National Park, Phang Nga Province, Southern Thailand, Thailand
Marco Valentini 21 March 2013 2 years ago 4.2
A bird on a cement pillar
Locality Chilika Lake, Odissa, India (ssp indus)
Soumyadeep Chatterjee 97 28 December 2012 2 years ago 4.2
Calls of two flying individuals Locality Kuala Selangor, Selangor, Peninsular Malaysia
Peter Boesman 9 June 2014 50 weeks ago 4
A bird calling from a tree Locality Kumarakom, Kerala, India
Stuart Fisher 10 February 2006 5 years ago 3.5
A bird calling while perching in mangroves. Locality Philp Parade, Tweed Heads, New South Wales, Australia
Nick Talbot 2 July 2014 49 weeks ago 0
A bird calling once as it takes off from a tree. Locality Terranora Broadwater, Tweed Heads, New South Wales, Australia
Nick Talbot 30 June 2014 49 weeks ago 0