Sexes alike. Dark brown plumage; forked tail, easily seen in flight; underparts faintly streaked. The Black-eared Kite M. m. lineatus breeds in Himalaya and winters in N and C India, is slightly larger and has a conspicuous white patch on the underwing, visible in overhead flight. Common and gregarious; most common near humans, thriving on the refuse generated, often amidst most crowded localities; roosts communally.
mostly neighbourhood of humans.
omnivorous; refuse, dead rats, earthworms, insects, nestlings of smaller birds, poultry
resident; subcontinent up to about 2,200m in Himalaya, co-existing with Black-eared Kite in some localities.
loud, musical whistle.