Black Kite

Milvus migrans

Black Kite, Milvus migrans, photo © by Michael Plagens

At Nairobi National Park, Kenya. December 2011.

Black Kite © Michael Plagens 

Black Kites can be found across much of the tropical and subtropical areas of the Eastern Hemisphere. Northern and southern populations migrate towards the Equator during the winter months. The abundance of these birds is directly attributable to their ability to recognize and use waste food sources left by humans. City dumps, outdoor feeding areas and food production areas are likely to support a number of these scavengers. If Kenya adopts modern land fill techniques it is likely that Black Kites will become less abundant.

Black Kite, Milvus migrans, photo © by Evans Torotich

This beautiful image was contributed by Evans Torotich.
It was seen at Uthiru, Nairobi, Kenya. May 2015.

Accipitridae -- Falcon, Hawk and Eagle Family


  • Birds of Kenya and Northern Tanzania by Zimmerman et al.
  • Birds of East Africa by Stevenson and Fanshawe

More Information:

Kenya Natural History

Copyright Michael J. Plagens, page created 5 April 2012,
updated 2 May 2016.