Brahminy Kite (Haliastur indus)

 Adult Brahminy Kite (Haliastur indus) in flight over Varkala, Kerala, India. February 2015. Not baited. Not called in.

Adult Brahminy Kite (Haliastur indus) in flight over Varkala, Kerala, India. February 2015. Not baited. Not called in.

The Brahminy Kite (Haliastur indus) is a stunning raptor and a very common sight in the state of Kerala, India.

Adults (photo above) are easily recognizable, but juveniles may be confused with another veeery common raptor there : the Black Kite (Milvus migrans). Juvenile Brahminy Kites (photo below) have a paler appearance. 

If in flight, you can notice their rounded tail and shorter wings.

 Juvenile Brahminy Kite (Haliastur indus) in Kerala, India. February 2015. Not baited. Not called in.

Juvenile Brahminy Kite (Haliastur indus) in Kerala, India. February 2015. Not baited. Not called in.

Love Nature.
Jonathan