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Monday, March 10, 2008

Black Kite, Milvus migrans

The Black Kite (Milvus migrans) is a medium-sized bird of prey in the family Accipitridae which also includes many other diurnal raptors such as eagles, buzzards, and harriers.

The pictures here are of the Milvus migrans govinda(sub-species)or the Pariah Kite

Black Kites will take small live prey as well as fish, household refuse and carrion. They are attracted to fires and smoke where they seek escaping insect prey. They are well adapted to living in cities and are found even in densely populated areas. Large numbers may be seen soaring in thermals over cities.

Poised to strike

Gottcha ...

Or did I ?? (checking to see if it was on target)

Oops looks like I missed this one ...

In some places they will readily swoop to take to food offered by humans, their habit of swooping to pick up dead rodents from roads often leads to them being hit by vehicles. They are also a major nuisance at some airports where they are considered important birdstrike hazards.

1 comment:

Sid said...

WoW!! It's fabulous the way you've captured the eagle. And also the research you're putting in to come with all the scientific names and details. Good work man, keep it up :)