The Black kite is a scarce drifter in the Netherlands, mainly in spring in very small numbers. Since 2009 a few couples nest here. It hunts often on small fish which it picks out of the water with its claws. I saw one flying over the Beninger polder, where I live, and was able to take a proof picture. In Blijdorp Zoo they have one that participates in the Free flight show. Great to observe one so close.

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Zwarte Wouw
Family: Accipitridae
Genus: Milvus
Species: Milvus migrans
Dutch name: Zwarte wouw
Common name: Black kite
Location: Beninger polder, Zuidland, The Netherlands

Remarks: This was the first time I saw a Black kite crossing the Beninger Slikken.
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Family: Accipitridae
Genus: Milvus
Species: Milvus migrans
Dutch name: Zwarte wouw
Common name: Black kite
Location: Blijdorp zoo, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Remarks: This is a Black kite in Blijdorp Zoo.
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Family: Accipitridae
Genus: Milvus
Species: Milvus migrans
Dutch name: Zwarte wouw
Common name: Black kite
Location: Blijdorp zoo, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Remarks:
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Family: Accipitridae
Genus: Milvus
Species: Milvus migrans
Dutch name: Zwarte wouw
Common name: Black kite
Location: Blijdorp zoo, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Remarks: Impressive head
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Family: Accipitridae
Genus: Milvus
Species: Milvus migrans
Dutch name: Zwarte wouw
Common name: Black kite
Location: Blijdorp zoo, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Remarks: Very long wings they have...
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Family: Accipitridae
Genus: Milvus
Species: Milvus migrans
Dutch name: Zwarte wouw
Common name: Black kite
Location: Tarifa, Andalusia, Spain

Remarks:
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Family: Accipitridae
Genus: Milvus
Species: Milvus migrans
Dutch name: Zwarte wouw
Common name: Black kite
Location: Tarifa, Andalusia, Spain

Remarks:
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Family: Accipitridae
Genus: Milvus
Species: Milvus migrans
Dutch name: Zwarte wouw
Common name: Black kite
Location: Tarifa, Andalusia, Spain

Remarks:


Field characteristics

Black kites are darkish brown, in bad light almost black. The head is a little lighter and it has lighter secondaries, which give the underside of the wings a light patch. The tail is shorter than that of a Red kite, less forked and almost square when stretched. Also its wings are less long and pointed than a Red kite. It is less colourful than the red kite. It has some resemblance with a Marsh harrier.

Sound:

Acrid, vibrating

 

 

 

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