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Brahminy Kite

Haliastur indus


The Brahminy Kite is distinctive and contrastingly coloured, with chestnut plumage except for the white head and breast and black wing tips. It is primarily a scavenger, feeding mainly on dead fish and crabs, especially in wetlands and marshland but occasionally hunts live prey such as hares and bats. They may also attempt to steal prey from other birds. A rare instance of a bird feeding on honey has been recorded. Young birds may indulge in play behaviour, dropping leaves and attempting to catch them in the air. When fishing over water, they may sometimes land in the water but manage to swim and take off without much trouble.


Seen near Ashtamudi Lake.


Known as Elang Bondol in Indonesia, the Brahminy Kite is the official mascot of Jakarta. In India it is considered as the contemporary representation of Garuda, the sacred bird of Vishnu. In Malaysia, the island of Langkawi is named after the bird ('kawi' denoting an ochre-like stone used to decorate pottery, and a reference to the bird's primary plumage colour). A fable from central Bougainville Island relates how a mother left her baby under a banana tree while gardening, and the baby floated into the sky crying and transformed into Kaa'nang, the Brahminy Kite, its necklace becoming the birds feathers.

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Wild Things
Wild Things 8 years ago

Thanks Hemma and Arun.

Arun 8 years ago

nice capture !!

Hema 8 years ago

Beautiful picture of this lovely bird.

Wild Things
Wild Things 9 years ago

Thanks Joshua and Vitthal. Joshua, I use Canon EF 100-400mm lens.

Josh Asel
Josh Asel 9 years ago

fantastic man! what kind of lens if you dont mind my asking?

Wild Things
Wild Things 9 years ago

Thanks again matimar, manuelap and vale :-)

Wild Things
Wild Things 9 years ago

Thanks Aakash!

JivaniAakash 9 years ago


Wild Things
Wild Things 9 years ago

Thank you harsuame and TishannePatterson.

TishannePatterson 9 years ago

Beautiful bird and great information. Thank you for sharing your wonderful pictures.

harsuame 9 years ago

Fant√°stica captura::

Wild Things
Wild Things 9 years ago

Thanks Atul, DiveMUster, Chief Red Earth, Azura Firdaus W and Ava. Chief, I am sure this is a very good omen for me :-)

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 9 years ago

Beautiful picture and I love your notes.

Azura Firdaus W
Azura Firdaus W 9 years ago

nice spotting

DiveMUster 9 years ago

Beautiful shots!

Atul 9 years ago

super spotting Satyen!

Wild Things
Wild Things 9 years ago

Thanks Daniele.

DanielePralong 9 years ago

Beautiful Satyen!

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Kollam, Kerala, India

Spotted on Jul 26, 2012
Submitted on Aug 2, 2012


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