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Black Kite

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Black Falcon

  • Falco subniger
  • Birds of Prey

About the Black Kite

The Black Kite is a widespread species throughout the temperate and tropical parts of Eurasia and parts of Australasia.

From a distance it appears almost black, but its plumage is actually dark brown. Black Kites will take small live prey as well as fish, household refuse and carrion. They are well adapted to living in cities and are found even in densely populated areas. They are attracted to fires and smoke where they seek escaping insect prey.

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

The Black Kite nests in forest trees, often close to other kites. In winter, many kites will roost together.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 16 March 2007
Scientific Name Milvus migrans
  • Falconiformes
  • Accipitridae
  • Milvus
  • M. migrans
Birdorable Family Birds of Prey
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 29 September 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
22 inches
Range West Europe East Europe North Europe South Europe West Asia Central Asia East Asia South Asia North Africa West Africa Central Africa East Africa South Africa Australia and New Zealand Oceania

International Names

  • Luňák Hnědý (Czech)
  • Sort Glente (Danish)
  • Zwarte Wouw (Dutch)
  • Haarahaukka (Finnish)
  • Milan Noir (French)
  • Schwarzmilan (German)
  • Nibbio Bruno (Italian)
  • トビ (Tobi) (Japanese)
  • 솔개 (Solgae) (Korean)
  • Svartglente (Norwegian)
  • Kania Czarna (Polish)
  • Коршун черный (Russian)
  • Milano Negro (Spanish)
  • Brun Glada (Swedish)

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