a Black Kite flying in backlight.
|Species:|| Milvus migrans|
The black kite is big as a Common Buzzard, but wings and tail are longer and more narrow. The black kite's tail is forked, but not as much as that of the red kite. The plumage is brown, darker on head and tail. Talons and beak are weak, as this kite is often a scavenger.
The black kite is a migratory bird. It lives in Eurasian temperate/warm areas. It eats mainly small rodents, fish, carrion, reptiles, insects and trash. It rarely hunts birds. It is often seen in flocks, expecially on migration. Its migration is longer than the red kite's. The nest is built on tall, old trees, and is made of twigs.
The female lays two or three white eggs mottled with orange in it. The hatching period takes place in June and lasts thirty days. The fledgling learn to fly when they are 40-45 days old.