Black Kite

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Black Kite
image:Black-Kite.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Falconiformes
Family:Accipitridae
Genus:Milvus
Species:M. migrans
Binomial name
Milvus migrans
(Boddaert, 1783)

The Black Kite (Milvus migrans) is a medium-sized bird of prey in the family Accipitridae which also includes many other diurnal raptors such as eagles, buzzards and harriers.

It is a widespread species throughout the temperate and tropical parts of the Old World (including Europe, Asia, Japan, and all of Africa bar the Congo basin and the Sahara Desert), and Australasia. Curiously, it is not found in the island region between the South East Asian mainland and the Wallace Line.

European and central Asian birds (races M. m. milvus and M. m. lineatus respectively) are migratory, moving to the tropics in winter, but races such as the African M. m. parasiticus , the Indian M. m. govinda, and the Australasian M. m. affinis are resident.

In the northern winter, it is therefore common to have a resident race and a distinguishable migrant form present together in these hotter areas.

In the United Kingdom, this kite occurs only as a wanderer on migration.

Black kites will take small live prey as well as fish and carrion.

This species can be distinguished from Red Kite by its slightly smaller size, less forked tail and generally dark plumage without any rufous.

This species nests in forest trees, often close to other kites. In winter, many kites will roost together.bg:Черна каня de:Schwarzmilan fr:Milan noir ja:トビ lt:Juodasis peslys pl:Kania czarna sv:Brun glada zh:黑鸢

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