Tuesday, 5 January 2010

One or two Black Kites?

Ok, so its a photo of two Black Kites (Nov/Dec 2009, The Gambia), but are they one or two species?

The bottom bird is a classic Black Kite Milvus migrans migrans, which migrates between Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa. However the top bird is a 'Yellow-billed Kite' Milvus migrans aegyptius (Or Milvus aegyptius parasitus, if you prefer) which resides in West, East, and South Africa. Some say they are a different species. I'd go with that...

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