One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A bird of prey with dark plumage and a slightly forked tail, feeding mainly by scavenging and found throughout much of the Old World.
Milvus migrans, family Accipitridae
- ‘Dozens of black kites wheel around the spire surveying the dusty gardens for dead meat and the church walls bask in sunshine.’
- ‘Earlier in the week I saw a black kite circling and cruising around the perimeter of the water.’
- ‘On the high walls of the valley, I observed a black kite cruising along.’
- ‘On one occasion when he was in remote New South Wales he shot a bronzewing and a black kite swooped to steal his bird.’
- ‘Scientists also predicted that species like the black kite, cattle egret and great reed warbler, not currently found in Britain, could migrate there if warmer summer temperatures continued.’
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