Milvus migrans (Boddaert, 1783)
Family: Accipitriformes > Accipitridae
A regular visitor to Britain from mainland Europe, typically during April and May, Black Kite is more uniformly dark and with a less strongly forked-tailed than Red Kite.
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Black Kite identification is often difficult.
Listen to example recordings of the main vocalisations of Black Kite, provided by xeno-canto contributors.
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Status and Trends
Population size and trends and patterns of distribution based on BTO surveys and atlases with data collected by BTO volunteers.
This species is a rare vagrant and was recorded during Bird Atlas 2007–11 as shown on the map.
Occupied 10-km squares in UK
|No. occupied in winter||3|
|% occupied in winter||0.1|
European Distribution Map
This vagrant is too rarely reported to map distribution change.
Information about movement and migration based on online bird portals (e.g. BirdTrack), Ringing schemes and tracking studies.
An overview of year-round movements for the whole of Europe can be seen on the EuroBirdPortal viewer.
Lifecycle and body size information about Black Kite, including statistics on nesting, eggs and lifespan based on BTO ringing and nest recording data.
Sample sizes are too small to report Productivity and Nesting statistics for this species.
Sample sizes are too small to report Biometrics for this species.
Feather measurements and photos on featherbase
|Field Codes||2-letter: KB | 5-letter code: BLAKI | Euring: 2380|
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