Saturday, March 17, 2012

>Milvus (migrans) lineatus (Yellow-billed Kite)

Yellow-billed Kite

Yellow-billed Kite
In Limpopo, South Africa
Scientific classification
(or Accipitriformes, q.v.)
Species:M. aegyptius
Binomial name
Milvus aegyptius
  • M. a. aegyptius
  • M. a. parasitus
The Yellow-billed Kite (Milvus aegyptius) is the Afrotropic counterpart of the Black Kite (Milvus migrans), of which it is most often considered a subspecies. However, recent DNA studies suggest that the Yellow-billed Kite differs significantly from Black Kites in the Eurasian clade, and should be considered as a separate, allopatric species.
There are two subspecies: M. a. parasitus, found throughout most of sub-Saharan Africa (including Madagascar), except for the Congo Basin (with intra-African migrations) and M. a. aegyptius of Egypt, south-west Arabia and the Horn of Africa (which disperses south during the non-breeding season).


At Tsimbazaza Zoo, Madagascar

Milvus aegyptius parasitus
As suggested by its name, the Yellow-billed Kite is easily recognized by its entirely yellow bill, unlike that of theBlack Kite (which is present in Africa as a visitor during the North Hemisphere winter). However, immature Yellow-billed Kites resemble the corresponding age of the Black Kite.


In flight
It is mostly an intra-African breeding migrant, present inSouthern Africa July–March and sometimes as late as May. It is generally common.

Habitat and feeding

They are found in almost all habitats, including parks in suburbia, but rare in the arid Namib andKaroo. They feed on a wide range of small vertebrates and insects, much of which is scavenged.

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