Black Kite


The Black Kite (Milvus migrans) is found in Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia.
The numbers in Europe and Africa are small but in South Asia it is an abundant bird.
There are five subspecies of the Black Kite.
The subspecies occurring in Japan is Milvus migrans lineatus, sometimes also referred to as the Black-eared Kite.
There have been some suggestions that Milvus migrans lineatus should be elevated to a full species status.

Top & Left: Kyoto, Japan, 3 October 2018
Middle, Right & Last: Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan, 25 September 2018

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