Black Kite

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.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 16 March 2007
Scientific Name
Milvus migrans
  • Falconiformes
  • Accipitridae
  • Milvus
  • M. migrans
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 7 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
22 inches


International Names

Czech (Cesky) Luňák Hnědý
Danish (Dansk) Sort Glente
Dutch (Nederlands) Zwarte Wouw
Finnish (Suomi) Haarahaukka
French (Français) Milan Noir
German (Deutsch) Schwarzmilan
Italian (Italiano) Nibbio Bruno
Japanese (日本語) トビ (Tobi)
Korean (한국어) 솔개 (Solgae)
Norwegian (Norsk) Svartglente
Polish (Polski) Kania Czarna
Russian (русский язык) Коршун черный
Spanish (Español) Milano Negro
Swedish (Svenska) Brun Glada
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