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Black Kite

(Milvus migrans)
Size: 50-55 cm (male), 55-60 cm (female); wing span 1.6-1.8 m
Weight: 600-930 g
Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Black Kite at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat

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Race "migrans"

No photos from Oman available yet. Photos of Black Kites, race "migrans", were obtained in Europe.

Race "affinis"

No photos from Oman available yet. Photos of Black Kites, race "affinis", were obtained in Australia.

Food, Diet

All raptors are carnivores. Black Kites mainly feed on carrion. They are often found around rubbish tips.


For this species we have recorded the following call(s)/song. The interpretation of their meaning is our own; comments and suggestions for improvement are welcome.

blkite_20140820.m4a affinis
(Darwin, NT)
Contact call © MD
blkite_20140820_2.m4a affinis
(Darwin, NT)
Contact call (+
Whistling Kite)
© MD
blkite_20140820_3.m4a affinis
(Darwin, NT)
? © MD
blkite_pb_20210730_2.m4a affinis
(Darwin, NT)
Territorial calls © PB
blkite_pb_20210730.m4a affinis
(Darwin, NT)
Territorial calls (harassing juvenile Eastern Osprey) © PB

More Black Kite sound recordings are available at .

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