The Black kite (milvus migrans) is a bird of prey in the accipitridae family. It is closely related to the Red Kite.

Black kite

Black Kite in flight, in backlighting.

Description Edit

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 in red kite. The plumage is brown, darker on head and tail. Talons and beak are weak, as this kite is often a scavenger.

Behavior Edit

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.

Black Kite range map

Black Kite distribution map.

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.

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