Black Kite

A bird of prey, the Black Kite, is a medium sized raptor and an opportunistic hunter. They spend time soaring and gliding on the thermal drafts in search for food. It is probably the world’s most common bird of prey as it is found in abundance and are also popularly known as Forked-tail Kite. It appears almost black, though the plumage is actually dark brown, with scattered light brown and rufous markings. In urban areas, Black Kites can be seen to feed on human food scraps and garbage. They have even been observed to daringly steal food from street-side stalls and even from the hands of people.

Gujarati Name

સમળી / સમડી

Scientific Name

Milvus migrans

Scientific Family


Status in Gujarat


IUCN Status

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