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Photo © by Alok Tewari
Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur, Rajasthan, India, 4 September 2012
Butastur teesa


36–43 cm (14-17 in)

  • White throat
  • Dark cheek stripes
  • Brown and white underparts
Juvenile (note brown eye)
Photo © by ariban
Tal Chappar, Rajasthan, India, 21 September 2014
  • Orange-yellow cere
  • White or yellowish white eyes
  • Whitish nuchal patch
  • Buffish wing shoulders

Sexes similar, females slightly larger

Juvenile eyes are brown

Similar Species

Silhouette, of the rounded wings reminiscent of the Shikra.


Southern Asia
Breeds in Pakistan, most of India except the far south-west, Nepal, western China, Burma and south to southern Thailand. Resident west Yunnan, Thailand, southern Laos, south Vietnam and Cambodia. Also in south-east Borneo, Sulawesi and Java.


This is a monotypic species[1].

Sub-adult (note eye turning white)
Photo © by kiran poonacha
Bangalore, Karnataka, India, 24 August 2008


Dry, open woodland and scrub, occurring up to 1200m in the Himalayas.


Often seen with larger birds of prey.


Perches on dry trees, telegraph posts, etc., and swoops down on its prey.

The diet consists of small mammals, locusts, grasshoppers, crickets and other large insects as well as mice, lizards, crabs and frogs.


The breeding season runs from February to June. Both sexes build a loose, unlined cup of twigs in the fork of a thickly foliaged tree. The clutch consists of 3 greenish-white eggs which is incubated by the female. Both parents feed the young.


Basically a resident species with some local movements.


Call: A plaintive mewing, usually uttered when pairs soar in circles high up in the air.

Photo © by kitefarrago
Tadoba National Park, India, 7 January 2013


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2014. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.9., with updates to August 2014. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved July 2015)
  3. The Beauty of Birds

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