Black Kite

black kite, milan noir, milano negro, Nicolas Urlacher, wildlife of kenya, birds of prey
Names, conservation status and distribution
black kite, milan noir, milano negro, Nicolas Urlacher, wildlife of kenya, birds of prey
Nairobi
black kite, milan noir, milano negro, Nicolas Urlacher, wildlife of kenya, birds of prey
Karura Forest, Nairobi

black kite, milan noir, milano negro, Nicolas Urlacher, wildlife of kenya, birds of prey
Nairobi
black kite, milan noir, milano negro, Nicolas Urlacher, wildlife of kenya, birds of prey
Karura Forest, Nairobi
black kite, milan noir, milano negro, Nicolas Urlacher, wildlife of kenya, birds of prey
Nairobi
black kite, milan noir, milano negro, Nicolas Urlacher, wildlife of kenya, birds of prey
Nairobi National Park

black kite, milan noir, milano negro, Nicolas Urlacher, wildlife of kenya, birds of prey
Nairobi
black kite, milan noir, milano negro, Nicolas Urlacher, wildlife of kenya, birds of prey
Karura Forest, Nairobi
black kite, milan noir, milano negro, Nicolas Urlacher, wildlife of kenya, birds of prey
Nairobi

The black kite (Milvus migrans) is a medium-sized bird of prey in the family Accipitridae, which also includes many other diurnal raptors. It is thought to be the world's most abundant species of Accipitridae, although some populations have experienced dramatic declines or fluctuations. Current global population estimates run up to 6 million individuals. Unlike others of the group, black kites are opportunistic hunters and are more likely to scavenge. They spend a lot of time soaring and gliding in thermals in search of food. Their angled wing and distinctive forked tail make them easy to identify. They are also vociferous with a shrill whinnying call. This kite is widely distributed through the temperate and tropical parts of Eurasia and parts of Australasia and Oceania, with the temperate region populations tending to be migratory. Several subspecies are recognized and formerly had their own English names.

In kenya : Milvus migrans parasitus  is present all months and breeds Sept.-March / paleartic Milvus migrans  migrans , mainly in central Kenya from October to March / Red Sea race aegyptius : present at same time said to be more coastal.