Garuda is a mythological bird : half man , half bird . He is the mount of the Hindu god Vishnu . He is also the King of birds and is a descendant of Kasyapa and Winata , one of the daughters of Daksa . He is also the archenemy of snakes , this trait he inherited from his mother , who has ever had with another concubine and her superior , arguing Kadru , the mother of all snakes , which represents the primal long. The Garuda is dazzling glow of making the gods erroneously thought he was Agni , the fire god and so they worshiped him . Garuda is often depicted as a creature with head , beak , wings and tail of an eagle . However, it has the trunk and the limbs of a human being. He has a white face , red wings and a golden body . He has a son who is called Sampāti . His consort is Unnati or Wināyakā . According to the Mahabharata , his parents gave him the freedom to nibble , people he should not, however Brahmins devour . Once he had a Brahmin and his wife swallowed but his throat burned so he spewed them back immediately . It is said that the gods had . Garoeda ever stolen the Amrita ( ambrosia ) He used it as a ransom to liberate Kadru his mother. But Indra came out and fought him . Indra could Amrta recovering , he had to pay the high toll . He was severely wounded and his thunderbolt ( vajra ) was destroyed .