OTHER NAMES: Red-backed Sea-Eagle
Local Name (Malay): Helang Merah ("Red Eagle")
Featured Subspecies: Haliastur indus intermedius
NO UK STATUS / IUCN Red List: Least Concern
The Brahminy Kite is the most common widespread raptor in Malaysia, at least in terms of the one most likely to be seen in urban areas, however, it is distinctly less common than the Kites of Europe and Japan - usually only one or two seen distantly compared to the common presence of Black Kite in Spain and Japan or Red Kite in the UK. This is in part due to the fact it is more a coastal bird, than the above. It is also a distinctive looking bird, but lacks the forked tail of the more familiar northerly species. It is also a species with considerable cultural associations - it is considered the representative of Garuda in Hinduism as well as featuring in the mythology of several places in the region.
SUBSPECIES: H. i. indus, H. i. flavirostris, H. i. girrenera, H. i. intermedius
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MALAYSIA - Widespread in low densities.
Further Notes: RSPB, Wikipedia, BirdGuides, BirdForum Opus, Arkive, IUCN Red List