Bookmarkable URL:http://hdl.handle.net/10217/52519

Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Falconiformes
Family:Accipitridae
Genus:Milvus
Genus species:Milvus migrans

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:47-55 cm
Identification:The black kite has dark brown feathers, pale wrists and shoulder stripes, and dark cheek patches.
Habitat:Open woodlands close to water
Diet:Carnivore: rodents, reptiles, insects
Reproduction:Black kites migrate to their nesting areas February to May. The female incubates the 2-3 eggs that she lays each year.
Black kites will roost communally but will spread out by day to cover their individual hunting territories.
Behavior:This is a gregarious species, particularly when they are migrating.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:Black kites are often considered to be the world's most abundant, adaptable, and successful diurnal raptor.

Other Information

Geographic:Northwestern Africa
Sub-Saharan Africa
Europe
Date:1966-05 Subjects:raptor
Black kite
hawk-like bird
Milvus
Accipitridae
Falconiformes
Birds
Vertebrates
Chordata
Birds of prey
Predatory animals