Black Kite Milvus migrans

Black Kite
Black Kite
The Black Kite is not generally black at all but dark brown, with a light grey head characteristic of kites; it lacks the rufous-brown plumage of its larger cousin, the Red Kite. Black Kites are found over much of Europe (not UK except rare migrants or feral) and Asia. They generally eat insects and carrion/refuse with some small live prey.
Black Kite
Black Kite
In flight the tail is wedge-shaped or slightly concave but less-forked than that of the Red Kite.
Black Kite
Black Kite in flight
Although kites have feathered legs, the legs are slender, unlike the thick trousered legs of eagles . . .
Black Kite in flight
Black Kite in acrobatic flight
. . . which assists the kites with their extreme agility in flight.
Black Kite
Black Kite
The grey head
Black Kite in flight
Black Kite in flight
All above are nominal subspecies European Black Kite M. m. migrans which spend northern summer in Eurasia and northern winter in Africa.
BLACK-EARED KITE
Black-eared Kite
Eurasian Black Kite
Eurasian Black Kite
Those above with the characteristic kite under-wing and forked tail are the Black-eared Kite M. m. lineatus from Siberia/east Central Asia to Southeast Asia. Some treat it as a full separate species.
Family of Black Kites Family of Black-eared Kites
Black-eared Kites gathering on migration Black-eared Kites gathering for migration -- from Alexandra Makhnina in Kazakhstan.
Black-eared Kites gathering for migration Black-eared Kites gathering for migration -- from Alexandra Makhnina in Kazakhstan.