Cairns to Cape Tribulation

Information for Black kite - Milvus migrans

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Black kite
Milvus migrans

A common raptor, often seen between Cairns and Cape Tribulation, occasionally in flocks.

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Black kite - Milvus migrans hunting over the Daintree River - Photo by Alex Pawlow

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Although Black kites are predominantly hunters, capturing their prey in their powerful talons, these raptors will also scavenge. They are quite often seen in large numbers when the cane farmers are plowing a paddock, where they will opportunistically feed on disturbed animals. They are also often victims to car strikes, whilst taking road kill.

In winter they will flock in large numbers and form communal roosts, where they build large platform shaped nests from twigs and branches. Both the male and female build the nest and raise chicks.