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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Broadly distributed from southern Asia to southeastern Asia, south to New Guinea and Australia. In southern Asia, occurs through Pakistan and India, south to Sri Lanka. Its range continues to the east through southern Myanmar and Thailand, through Cambodia and Vietnam, and eastern China. It is found from Malaysia, throughout Indonesia and the Philippines, to New Guinea, the Bismarck Archipelago, Feni Islands, Green Islands, Solomon Islands, and northern and eastern Australia.

Extralimital Records

Occasionally wanders to Vanuatu and Palau in the Pacific, the Maldives (26) in the Indian Ocean, and most recently (November 2015) recorded in Middle East, in southwestern Oman (27).

Distribution of the Brahminy Kite
  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding
Distribution of the Brahminy Kite
Brahminy Kite, Abundance map
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Brahminy Kite

Haliastur indus


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Relative abundance

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