Top 9 Medium-Sized Raptors or Bird of Prey in India

Birds of Prey are also known as raptors who hunt and feed on other animals and detect prey during flight and powerful talons. Big raptors or birds of prey of the Indian Subcontinent includes Osprey,Indian Spotted Eagle,Tawny eagle,Indian eagle-owl,Himalayan vulture and fish eagle. These flying predators also includes small and medium-sized raptors such as Shikra,Honey Buzzard,Indian Shaheen,Marsh Harrier and Black-Shouldered Kite.



The Shikra is a small-medium sized bird of prey also called the little banded goshawk and the most favourite bird among falconers in India. Shikra is found in a large range of habitats including dense forests, open farmland and urban areas.


The crested goshawk is a diurnal raptor breeds in southern Asia and in the Himalayas foothills of India. Crested goshawk is secretive forest bird, hunts mammals,small birds and reptiles.



Besra bird of prey is a widespread resident of dense forests in the Indian subcontinent. This medium-sized raptor is like a darker version of the widespread shikra and hunting technique is similar to small hawks.

Shaheen Falcon

Shaheen falcon is also known as Indian Shaheen,found mainly in the Indian subcontinent. Indian shaheen is a small and powerful-looking falcon about the size of a house crow,found in all states of India.

Barn Owl


Barn owl also referred to as the common barn owl is one of the most widely distributed owl species. The nocturnal raptor hunts animals,bird,inscets and rodent on the ground,Forest owlet and Spotted owlet are two small sized bird of prey in India.

Marsh Harrier

The marsh harrier bird of prey is a medium-sized raptors and the largest and broadest-winged harriers, hunts small mammals, frogs, fish, insects and birds. Western marsh harrier has been spotted in Bangalore and Little Rann of Kutch in Gujarat.

Common Kestrel


The common kestrel is a bird of prey species also known as the European kestrel,occurs over a large range of Rajasthan to Andhra Pradesh. Kinnerasani Wildlife Sanctuary and Tal Chhapar Sanctuary of Rajasthan in the Shekhawati region of India are best place to spot Kestrel bird of prey in India.

Honey Buzzard

The crested honey buzzard species is also known as the Oriental honey buzzard is a bird of prey in the family Accipitridae. This medium-to-large bird of prey breeds in woodlands and eats mainly small mammals.

Black-Shouldered Kite


Black-shouldered kite is a medium-sized raptor found in open habitat and grasslands along roadsides. The long-winged raptor is some time combined with the Black-winged kite and best known for hovering over open grasslands.

Black Kite

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