Common name for a bird of prey,
with the scientific name Milvus migrans
govinda, which is a subspecies of the
Adult birds are dark brown, with a shallow forked tail,
while juveniles are streaked whitish-buff from the head to the mantle, as well
as on the belly (fig.).
This species occurs as a resident throughout the Indian subcontinent, from
eastern Pakistan and Sri Lanka, as well as in mainland Southeast Asia.
in urban areas with a high human population (fig.). One such place
New Delhi, where this subspecies is found in large numbers (fig.).
After a survey in 1967, it was claimed that this city is home to about 2,200
pairs. The common name
derives from the Indian
caste system and its usage is nowadays
disapproved of. Hence, it is usually referred to as Small Indian Kite.
See also WILDLIFE PICTURES.