The Brahmini Kite occurs mainly in coastal areas, further inland only at larger lakes. The species is categorized “least concern”, this means not threatened with extinction. Though on decline, there are still several hundred thousand Brahmini Kites.
The body length is about half a meter, with a wingspan of 120cm. A distinctive feature of adults is the white colour of the head, neck and chest, the rest of the plumage is reddish brown. The juveniles are browner, similar to Black Kites (Milvus migrans). In flight adults show a rounded tail, with wings angled.
The Brahmini Kite is mainly a scavenger, feeding on dead fish and crabs. The bird also hunts in flight, its prey are only small animals. In contrast to the Black Kite, the Brahmini Kite is a resident birds, nesting in the same area in successive years. But limited seasonal movements occur due to rainfall periods. Breeding season are northern hemisphere winter months. Both sexes take part in nest building and feeding but only the female incubates.