The Brahminy Kite (Haliastur indus)

Uploaded on Dec 15, 2009

Diksal about 115 KM from Pune (Off Sholapur highway left at Bhigwan Chowk).

The Brahminy Kite (Haliastur indus), also known as the Red-backed Sea-eagle, is a medium-sized bird of prey. The Brahminy Kite is distinctive and contrastingly coloured, with chestnut plumage except for the white head and breast and black wing tips.

This kite is a familiar sight in the skies of Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and southeast Asia and as far south as New South Wales, Australia, through which region it is widespread and resident. 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 the mythical Garuda. 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). In Bangladesh it is known as Shonkho Chil. In the Philippines, it is known as Lawin.

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