Brahminy Kite

A Brahminy Kite perched in a dead tree with green leave sin the background
The adult Brahminy Kite is unmistakable with its rich chestnut and white plumage

What does it look like? This beautiful chestnut and white raptor is unmistakable. It is easily recognized by its head, neck and breast and contrasting chestnut belly and upperparts. First-year birds resemble Whistling Kites, but lack pale wedges on the underwing, and have a shorter tail.

Where does it live? Found in northern Australia, from about Carnarvon, Western Australia to Hastings River, New South Wales.

What are its habitats and habits? The Brahminy Kite is solitary and pairs only during the breeding season. It inhabits coastal areas, where it feeds on fish and other marine animals, normally stranded or washed up by the tide. The call is a drawn-out ‘pee-ah-ah-ah’ or ‘ kee-e-yah’.

Scientific name: Haliastur indus