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Black Kite
Black Kite
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Falconiformes
Family: Accipitridae
  • Milvinae
    • Harpagus
    • Ictinia
    • Rostrhamus
    • Haliastur
    • Milvus
    • Lophoictinia
    • Hamirostra
  • Elaninae
    • Elanus
    • Chelictinia
    • Machaerhamphus
    • Gampsonyx
    • Elanoides

Kites are raptors with long wings and weak legs which spend a great deal of time soaring. In general they will take live prey but mostly feed on carrion.

They are birds of prey which along with hawks, eagles, Old World vultures and many others are in the family Accipitridae.

Together with less closely related groups such as New World vultures and Osprey, they make up the diurnal bird of prey order Falconiformes.

Species list

  • Subfamily Elaninae
    • Black-winged Kite, Elanus caeruleus
      Black-shouldered Kite, Elanus axillaris
      White-tailed Kite, Elanus leucurus
      Letter-winged Kite, Elanus scriptus
      Scissor-tailed Kite, Chelictinia riocourii
      Bat Hawk, Machaerhamphus alcinus
      Pearl Kite, Gampsonyx swainsonii
      Swallow-tailed Kite, Elanoides forficatus
  • Subfamily Milvinae
    • Double-toothed Kite, Harpagus bidentatus
      Rufous-thighed Kite, Harpagus diodon
      Mississippi Kite, Ictinia mississippiensis
      Plumbeous Kite, Ictinia plumbea
      Snail Kite, Rostrhamus sociabilis
      Slender-billed Kite, Rostrhamus hamatus
      Whistling Kite, Haliastur sphenurus
      Brahminy Kite, Haliastur indus
      Red Kite, Milvus milvus
      Black Kite, Milvus migrans
      Black-eared Kite, Milvus lineatus
      Square-tailed Kite, Lophoictinia isura
      Black-breasted Buzzard, Hamirostra melanosternon
      Chinese Kite, Milvus korshun

A few of the Perninae are also called kites.

  • Grey-headed Kite, Leptodon cayanensis
    White-collared Kite, Leptodon forbesi
    Hook-billed Kite, Chondrohierax uncinatus

External links

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| True hawks

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