No.342 Black Kite Milvus migrans

L=58cm(‰)
@@68cm(Š)

Rank : 1
Resident
Most common resident among hawks in Asakawa River basin through a whole year. Though it isnft quite popular because of its abundance, its close-up look of fearless determination is rather attractive as a raptor. Basically, identification of hawks and eagles are rather difficult when they are in flight, but Black Kite can be distinguished by its concave-shaped tail-end. However, when the tail is wide spread, it sometimes may look convex-shape, and you need to determine together with other features like white patches at base of primaries. With slow wingbeats, the species sometimes soars and glides circling above seacoasts, large rivers and lakes, with a distinctive shrill whistle followed by a rapid whinnying call.
Photograph (click to enlarge)

Adult

in Flight