Yellow-Billed Kite

The Yellow-Billed Kite (Milvus aegyptius) is the African species or sub-species of the Black Kite (Milvus migrans). The Black Kite has a black beak, and the Yellow-Billed Kite has a yellow beak.

It is a common, medium-sized bird of prey, also called a raptor. It has brown or dark feathers.

Yellow-Billed Kite

Yellow-Billed Kite in Kenya

Yellow-Billed Kites soar and glide, looking for food. They have a wingspan of about 150 centimetres (59 inches). They swoop on their prey, catching it in their sharp claws. They eat mice, rats, and small mammals.

Females and males make a nest of twigs high above the ground. Females lay 2-3 eggs, which hatch after 30-34 days. The chicks have fluffy down feathers, and get their flight feathers after 18-22 days.

 

 

 

 

Photographer: Martina Nicolls

Martina Nicolls: SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM

 

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