Genus HALIASTUR

Bill rather large, compressed, slightly curved towards the base, but sharply bent over near the tip; festoon distinct; nostril a broad rounded oval, the longer axis oblique. Wings very long, extending beyond the end of the tail, 4th primary longest; tail of moderate length, slightly rounded at the end. Tarsi short, feathered above, the naked portion with broad transverse scutes in front, and hexagonal scales behind and at the sides; toes covered with transverse scutes above, rough and pointed scales beneath, lateral toes unequal; claws well developed and curved.

The well-known Brahminy Kite is the sole Indian representative and the type of this genus, which inhabits the Oriental and Australian regions. Haliastur has been classed alternately with the Sea-Eagles and with the Kites, and is allied to both.

BookTitle: 
The Fauna Of British India including Ceylon and Burma
Reference: 
Blanford, William Thomas, ed. The Fauna of British India: Including Ceylon and Burma. Vol.3 1895.
Title in Book: 
Genus HALIASTUR
Book Author: 
William Thomas Blanford
Year: 
1895
Page No: 
372
M_ID: 
3051
M_SN: 
Haliastur
Volume: 
Vol. 3
Term name: 
id: 
1728

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