Species names in all available languages
|English (United States)||Brahminy Kite|
|Spanish (Spain)||Milano brahmán|
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Haliastur indus (Boddaert, 1783)
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Brahminy Kite Haliastur indus Scientific name definitions
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Diet and Foraging
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Main Foods Taken
Small vertebrates, carrion, arthropods, mollusks, and crustaceans.
Food Capture and Consumption
Forages by quartering and high soaring, or still hunting from prominent perch; sometimes searches on ground. Seizes prey by glide or dive that may become short chase; hawks flying insects, snatches prey from tree canopy and water surface , and robs other predators. Sometimes consumes prey in flight (29). Recorded fishing in association with Irrawaddy dolphins (Orcaella brevirostris) in the Mekong River (northeastern Cambodia), wherein single birds circled slowly above feeding dolphins and swooped down in apparent attempts (all unsuccessful) to capture fish driven to the water surface by the cetaceans (30).
Major Food Items
Variety of small animals and carrion , including mammals , birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish , arthropods, crustaceans (31), shellfish, cuttlefish, road-killed vertebrates, large carcasses, and offal; sometimes domestic poultry.