Brahminy Kite - NSSB

Brahminy Kite

Brahminy kite, Photo: Masud Mushfiq Zaman

শঙ্খ চিল/ খয়রা চিল

Haliastur indus

রাজ্য / Kingdom: Animalia
বর্গ / Order: Accipitriformes
পরিবার / Family: Accipitridae
গন / Genus: Haliastur
প্রজাতি / Species: H. indus

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It’s a medium-sized raptor with rounded tail. Adults have white head and breast and overall brick brown plumage. Juveniles have dark brownish plumage with paler head and white patches under the wings. Wingspan is 3.6-4.1 feet. Males are larger other than look alike.

It’s an opportunistic scavenger. Mainly feeds on small mammals, small birds, crabs, frogs, snakes, small reptiles, fish, insects etc.

It is seen throughout Indian subcontinent, southeast Asia, Southern China, Australia.


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