for a medium-sized bird of prey (fig.), with the scientific name
Haliastur indus and belonging to the family of Accipitridae. It
white head and breast with
fine, threadlike, vertical brown stripes, a rounded tail, a chestnut
plumage and wings with black tips (fig.), which are angled during flight
was once a common sight, but has now virtually disappeared from inland
regions, though several birds can still be spotted at the lower
River area (fig.),
near the Thai-Lao border in
Today however, they are mostly found near the coast (fig.), especially in
and near fishing ports, such
as that of Koh Panyi
province, where it flies
around in small groups, feeding on
the leftovers from the many fish restaurants, that are thrown in the sea. Also known as the Red-backed
Sea-eagle (fig.) and in Thai called yiaw daeng (เหยี่ยวแดง).
Although this could be translated as ‘Red Kite’, the bird is not to be
confused with the Milvus milvus.
See also WILDLIFE PICTURES.