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Cladus: Eukaryota
Supergroup: Opisthokonta
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Classis: Aves
Subclassis: Carinatae
Infraclassis: Neornithes
Parvclassis: Neognathae
Ordo: Falconiformes
Familia: Accipitridae
Subfamilia: Milvinae
Genus: Haliastur
Species: H. indus - H. sphenurus


Haliastur Selby, 1840


A catalogue of the generic and sub-generic types of the class aves, birds ... p.2,3

Haliastur is a genus of medium-sized diurnal birds of prey. It consists of two species of kite which form part of the subfamily Milvinae; some authorities place these species in the genus Milvus,[1] despite clear differences in behaviour, voice and plumage.[2]
Species list

Both of the species found in this genus are large for kites; both are relatively small-headed and have rounded tail tips.[3]

* Brahminy Kite, Haliastur indus
* Whistling Kite, Haliastur sphenurus


1. ^ Slater, Peter; Pat Slater, Raoul Slater (1986). The Slater Field Guide to Australian Birds. Sydney: Reed New Holland. ISBN 1877069000.
2. ^ Josep del Hoyo, ed (1994). Handbook of the Birds of the World, volume 2. Andrew Elliott, Jordi Sargatal. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 8487334156.
3. ^ Ferguson-Lees, James; David A. Christie (2001). Raptors of the World. London: Christopher Helm. ISBN 0713680261.

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