Brahminy Kite(Haliastur indus)

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Brahminy Kite ( Haliastur indus) is one of the common medium -sized raptor(48cm).They are more scavengers than hunters as these birds have taken to stealing and scavenging than killing. However they do hunt small prey like fish,crabs,frogs, insects etc

It is a resident in India ( they are sedentary and do not migrate ),it is considered as the representation of GARUDA,the sacred bird of Lord Vishnu.

Brahminy Kite (Haliastur indus)

Its head,neck and breast are white with rest of its body bright chest nut and primaries tipped black and the legs are short and not feathered,the eye is dark and yellow colored bill is strongly hooked. It has long broad rounded wings ,short and rounded tail when fanned.

                                                                                                                                                                                       In Flight

The call of the Brahminy Kite is a thin mewing scream ‘kweeaa’ or ‘kyeeer’ usually while soaring.

                                                                                                                                                                                                           Flight 2

All 3 photos were taken with Nikon D40,Nikkor 70-300 non VR lens , MF

I  saw them eating while flying…

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