Brahminy kite


Hindi Name- Brahminy cheel

It is medium sized bird of prey. It is also known as red-backed sea-eagle.

How does the bird appear…

It has chestnut plumage with white head and chest. Wing tips are black.

Juveniles are browner.

Habitat: Where to find this bird?

It inhabits wide range of habitats which include estuaries, mangroves, beaches, coral reefs, dunes, saltmarshes, cliffs and village harbours.


It feeds on crustaceans, amphibians, small reptiles, fish, insects, small mammals and birds.

Breeding & Nesting

Its breeding season varies depending upon season. Both male and female build an untidy nest which is place in prominent tree fork. It re-uses same nest for successive years. Incubation period is of 28-35 days.

Interesting fact

Brahminy kite is official mascot of Jakarta.



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