Brahminy Kite Haliastur indus Scientific name definitions

Stephen Debus, Tim S. David, Jeffrey S. Marks, and Guy M. Kirwan
Version: 1.2 — Published October 1, 2021


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Breeding in the dry season in tropics, late winter and spring in subtropics.

Nest Site

Site Characteristics

Nest placed 2–30 m above ground in tree or artificial structure.


Structure and Composition

Platform  of sticks  and other flotsam 40–60 cm wide, up to 20 cm deep, lined with leaves and other soft material including human rubbish.


Usually 1–2 eggs (range of 1–4); incubation 26–35 days, by both sexes (31, 32); chicks have cream to fawn down; fledging c. 40–45 days (33).

Parental Care

Males provide most food for females and nestlings early in nestling period (33).

Recommended Citation

Debus, S., T. S. David, J. S. Marks, and G. M. Kirwan (2021). Brahminy Kite (Haliastur indus), version 1.2. In Birds of the World (P. Pyle, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.brakit1.01.2