Black Kite (Milvus migrans) - and - Yellow-billed Black Kite (Milvus aegyptius)
Appearance The Black Kite is a very large, 24" (61cm) bird, which is not black. It is a brown raptor, with a long, slightly forked tail. It has yellow legs and feet. The Black Kite has a black bill, while the Yellow-billed Black Kite has, as its name suggests, a yellow bill. Both have yellow ceres.
Habits Most often seen in the air, often high-up, on thermals, their wings and tails twisting constantly to keep balance. Towards the end of the day, they 'play-fight', even turning up-side-down to fight claw-to-claw. Flocks of Yellow-billed Black Kites numbering hundreds appear over Kenya city areas.
Diet Black Kites are opportunists, mostly feeding on carrion, in the company of Vultures. Yellow-billed Black Kites are classic scavengers, from humans in big cities, towns and villages. Both Kites eat small vertebrates, insects, birds, bats and fish.
Resident The Black Kite is a palaertic migrant from September to April and seen all over Kenya, in open country with trees, near water. The Yellow-billed Black Kite is considered to be the native species of Kenya and is a common resident in areas of human habitation.
Extra Facts Yellow-billed Kites are a problem around airports, where bird strikes have been a problem.
Photographs Photographed in Mfangano Island (Lake Victoria) & Nairobi.
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