Brahminy Kite

The brahminy kite (Haliastur indus), also known as the red-backed sea-eagle in Australia, is a medium sized bird of prey in the family Accipitridae. This species is distributed in Sri Lanka, Nepal, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Australia.

The brahminy kite species is a medium sized bird. The female kite is slightly larger than the male. The male measures 45 to 50 cm in length and weights 400 to 650 grams. The female weighs 430 to 700 grams. The wingspan is 110 to 125 cm. The adult has chestnut back, wings and belly. The head and breast have a contrasting white plumage.

The brahminy kite species feed mainly on dead fish, crabs and carrion. They also catch and feed on live preys such as small mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish. They are known to snatch feed from other birds.


18 thoughts on “Brahminy Kite”

  1. It´s a very beautiful bird, and your pictures to. 🙂 My favorite bird of prey we have here in Sweden is red kite. It is a rare bird in the whole world, and in 1972 there were only 19 birds throughout Sweden. Today there are around 3000 pairs, most in the southern part of the country where I live.

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  2. Your photos are very impressive and beautiful! To “catch” this majestic bird so distinctly in its flight is a masterpiece for me! Thanks for sharing!


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