The brahminy kite is one of the medium-sized raptors, they can be identified by their beautiful chestnut wings and back, complimented by their white chest and head. The brahminy kite swoops low over water, the ground or tree tops and snatches live prey or carrion from the surface.
The brahminy kite is widespread across Australia, along the coastline from Western Australia right through to northern New South Wales. They are also found throughout tropical Asia.
They are a carnivorous hunter, feeding upon insects, small reptiles, fish and even small mammals. This kite has the ability to snatch food off the surface of the water or in mid-flight and consume the prey whilst on the move. This is called eating on the wing! This helps them avoid being ambushed by other birds of prey and losing their meal.
Unlike other kites, both adults incubate the 1-2 eggs. When hatched the young are fed bill to bill with small pieces of food.
Brahminy Kite Profiles
Hi, my name is Byron and I'm a beautiful brahminy kite. I am a raptor and have a very keen eye - I don't miss a thing when I'm out and about, exploring my home here at Australia Zoo.
I have a gentle and loving nature and like to consider myself a bit of a water-baby! I enjoy swimming and bathing in my pond and playing under the hose with my keepers. Once I'm soaking wet, I love to soak up some sun. You can spot me spreading my big, broad wings and looking super cute when you visit me at the Zoo. I have an impressive wingspan, so make sure you keep your camera handy!