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Brahminy Kite

The Brahminy Kite (Haliastur Indus) is a medium-sized, attractive bird of prey in the family Accipitridae.

This kite can be found in India and southeast Asia, even as far as tropical north Australia, where it is widespread.

Its flight is typical, with wings angled, but its tail is rounded unlike the Milvus species, Red Kite and Black Kite, which have forked tails.

The Brahminy Kite has chestnut plumage except for the white head and breast and black wing tips. Immature birds are browner, but can be distinguished from both the resident and migratory races of Black Kite in Asia by the paler appearance, shorter wings and rounded tail.

This species nests in trees, often close to water and is a accomplished scavenger.

Known as elang bondol in Indonesia, the Brahminy Kite is the official mascot of Jakarta.

Picture By: Srihari Kulkarni, Bangalore, India Taken at Hebbal, bangalore, India

Brahminy Kite