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Black Kite , Fork-tailed Kite
Milvus migrans

Photo courtesy www.birdway.com.au (by prior agreement)

Photo courtesy www.birdway.com.au (by prior agreement)

Photo Courtesy of Birdway Australia
Bird Family :"Hawks"
Description :Common local species. One of the most abundant hawks in the world. Townsville airport has the highest rate of bird strike in Australia, 85% are Black Kites. Flocks soar effortlessly, and large numbers are seen over cane and bush fires.
Typical Habitat :Open plains, tidal wetlands, rubbish dumps, timbered watercourses, abattoirs and stockyards. Nest are a platform of sticks built during the dry season and usually in open woodland. Eats reptiles, insects, carrion and domestic rubbish.
Distribution :Common Australia wide, except a coastal strip from central N.S.W. to S.A. border and TAS.
Migration :Resident / breeding. Large numbers can be seen at the rubbish dump. Main breeding season, April to December, variable.
Introduced :No
Seen North Qld :  Yes

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