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Black Kite Milvus migrans lineatus   - Juvenile
Black Kite
Photographer : © Jugal Tiwari
Location :Banni Grasslands near Chari Dhand, Kutch, Gujarat, India
Date : 5 January 2008
English synonyms:Common Kite, Pariah Kite, Black-eared Kite (lineatus), European Black Kite
Bird Family :Accipitrinae - Hawks, Bazas, Honey-buzzards, Eagles, Kites, Vultures, Harriers & Buzzards
Red Data Status :Least Concern
Remarks :Milvus migrans lineatus (Black-eared Kite) is seen wintering in Banni every year from November till February. This year 200 birds can be seen around Chhari-Dhand only. They are seen feeding on Bandicoots Bandicoota bengalensis. During the afternoon time all Kites are seen congregating in watch tower no.1 area of Chhari-Dhand.