The Brahminy Kite is one of the most seen of all birds of prey in Kabini, and hence often overlooked. This handsome bird with a white head on a chestnut body, found all along the backwaters is the Garuda of Indian Mythology, associated with Lord Vishnu.

A scavenger and a hunter, it takes both dead and live fish, also frogs, lizards, small snakes and termites. Sickly birds and vulnerable fledglings of larks are also prey to this Kite. Observed nesting season varies usually between December and April. The nests in Nagarhole are found on top of tall trees.