Black Kite (subspecies M. m. lineatus) at Kamakura, Japan - November 2014
Local Name (Japan): Tobi (トビ) - "Kite"
Local Name (Spain): Milano negro - "Black Kite"
Featured Subspecies: Black-eared Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus)Weight: 560-940kg
NO UK STATUS / IUCN Red List - Least Concern
Despite it's absence from the UK except as a vagrant, the Black Kite is a massively common bird of prey when viewed on the global level, potentially the most abundant (though not widespread) of all raptors in general. It is much more of a scavenger than most other birds of prey, which is part of the reason for its comparative success in the modern world. Black Kites can be found across Europe, Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa and Australia. In Japan, where I encountered the species they could be spotted circling around the fringes of cities.
Subspecies: M. m. migrans, M. m. lineatus, M. m. govinda, M. m. affinis, M. m. formosanus
- Sighting Locations -
JAPAN - Common resident.
- TOKYO/HOKKAIDO 2014 TRIP: Abundant at Kamakura, several seen in Tokyo and a number seen at the Akan Crane Centre
SPAIN - Scarce and Local Resident- MADRID 2015 TRIP: Seen several times in Madrid and the surrounding farmlands
- MADRID 2016 TRIP: Abundant at Monfrague and seen in numerous places elsewhere.
Further Notes: RSPB, Wikipedia, BirdGuides, BirdForum Opus, Arkive, IUCN Red List