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Black Kite

Ecosystems: RIPARIAN

Seasons: February | March | April | May | June | July | August | September | October |

Photographer: Jaime RuizBlack Kite environments


SCIENTIFIC NAME: Milvus migrans

FAMILY: Accipitridae

A close relative of the Red Kite, the Black Kite has a darker plumage, with a less pronounced fork in its tail. It also has different habits since it only visits this region from February to August, preferring to winter in Africa. During the summer it forms large colonies, consisting of hundreds of birds.

STATUS IN ARAGON: E Nr (Summer visitor – Breeds regularly)

BREEDING PROBABILITY: Breeding highly likely


LOCAL STATUS: Summer visitor

MONTHS: February to August

ECOSYSTEMS: Forest - Riverside

DIET AND FEEDING: Eclectic where feeding is concerned, although it is not a skilful predator. It likes to be near any human activity that generates an easy source of food and can therefore be found foraging tirelessly on farms, roads and rubbish dumps.

HABITS: Black Kites always live near bodies of water, searching for more wooded areas in which to build their nests during the breeding season. They are real scavengers, and are expert at snatching food away from fellow kites or other species that eat similar food. Gregarious by nature, the Black Kite usually breeds in fairly large colonies or near other mating birds with whom it shares the same space.

THREAT OF EXTINCTION + CRITERION: CNEA (National Catalogue of Endangered Species): Not classified: CREA: Not included Red list: Near threatened

ROUTES: 6 (Garcipollera Valley), 8b (Somport – Chorrota de Aspe), 10 and 11 (Scrubland along the River Aragón) and 13 (San Juan de la Peña)

SPATIAL DISTRIBUTION: Riverside woodland, submediterranean woodland.