Birds of Kadamakkudy – Brahminy kite (Haliastur indus)

This photograph was captured at Kadamakkudy. The Brahmini kites are found abundantly in and around Kadamakkudy. They are found mainly on the coast and in inland wetlands, where they feed on dead fish and other prey. Adults have a reddish-brown body plumage contrasting with their white head and breast which make them easy to distinguish from other birds of prey. Brahmini kite is a familiar sight in the the skies of India, Pakistan, Nepal and southeast Asia.  and as far south as New South Wales and Australia. They perform seasonal movements associated with rainfall in some parts of their range.

The breeding season in South Asia is from December to April. In southern and eastern Australia, it is August to October, and April to June in the north and west. The nests are constructed of small branches and sticks with a bowl inside and lined with leaves, and are located in various trees, often mangroves. They nest in the same area year after year. In some rare instances, they have been seen to nest on the ground under trees. They lay two dull-white or bluish-white oval eggs measuring 52 x 41 mm. Both parents take part in nest building and feeding, but likely only the female incubates. The incubation period is about 26 to 27 days.

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