Haliastur indus, Bodd.
55. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. I, p. 101 ; Butler, Guzerat; Stray Feathers, Vol. Ill, p. 448 ; Deccan, Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 374 ; Murray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind, p. 90 ; Swinhoe and Barnes, Central India; Ibis, 1885, p. 58 ; Hume's Scrap Book, p. 316.
THE BRAHMINY KITE.
Brahmani Chil, Hin.
Length, 18 to 21; expanse, 54 to 57 ; wing, 15 to 16.75 ; tail, 6.5 to 7.5 ; tarsus, 2 to 2.25 ; bill at gape, 14 to 1.5.
Adult: head, neck, and body below, as far as the middle of the abdomen, white, with longitudinal narrow streaks of dark brown; the rest of the plumage rich chesnut-rufous, darkest on the interscapulars and back; quills black, chesnut internally towards the base ; tail paling towards the tip.
The young bird is pale brown; the feathers of the head, neck, and lower parts lighter streaked, and the upper feathers spotted with fulvous or whitish; the tail is dusky, with a tinge of maroon.
The Maroon-backed Kite is found throughout the region, abundantly in Sind, but more rarely in Guzerat and Rajputana. It is a permanent resident, breeding on trees in February and March. The eggs, two in number, are oval in shape, greyish white in color, sparingly spotted with dull brownish-red ; they average 2 inches in length by about 1.64 inches in breadth.