Black kite

Scientific name: Milvus migrans
Mongolian name: Сохор Элээ
Order: Accipitriformes
Bird family: Accipitridae (Kites, Hawks, Eagles)
Conservation status: LC


Key information

Black kites (Milvus migrans) can be distinguished from red kites by the slightly smaller size, less forked tail (visible in flight), and generally dark plumage without any rufous. The sexes are alike. The upper plumage is brown but the head and neck tend to be paler. The cere and gape are yellow, but the bill is black (unlike in the yellow-billed kite). The legs are yellow and the claws are black.

Length :44–66 cm

Wingspan: around 120-150cm

Weight :male 630–928 g, female 750–1080 g;

Population : The European populations are small, but the South Asian population is very large

Habitat: Milvus migrans is a medium-sized bird of prey in the family Accipitridae, which is widely distributed through the temperate and tropical parts of Eurasia and parts of Australasia and Oceania, with the temperate region populations tending to be migratory.

Diet: small birds, bats and rodents.