Yellow Billed Kite

The Yellow Billed Kite is widely found in Sub-Saharan Africa. It is widely considered to be a sub-species of the similar Black Kite, although DNA evidence suggests that it is a separate species.

Young birds actually have a black beak, which gradually turns yellow as they mature. Some birds migrate into Southern Africa in the summer and then leave again in the autumn. They will eat pretty much anything they can scavenge but will generally prey upon small vertebrates and insects.

The kite's long forked tail makes it extremely agile in flight, allowing it to catch flying insects and even bats.

Scientific name
Milvus aegyptius
Conservation status
Least concern