Brahminy Kite – Juvenile

Aug 05 2012

Brahminy Kite (Haliastur indus)

The Brahminy Kite (also known as Red-backed Sea-Eagle) is found along water bodies and coasts of peninsular India, South-east Asia and Australia. A medium-sized raptor, this bird is distinguished by its characteristic chestnut-brown plumage contrasted by white head and breast.

The juvenile can be confused with a Black Kite due to very similar size and coloration. Two distinguishing characteristics – rounded tail (lack of forked tail) and a large white patch on the underwing – help differentiate in the field.

This bird was photographed in Hesaraghatta, Bangalore on Feb 06, 2010.

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