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This beautiful raptor stopped for a few seconds on the oak tree opposite my house. After spotting the photographer (2nd shot), the kite's attention was directed to harassing resident juvenile ravens which "own" the tree (see last 2 shots), and which proceeded to promptly evict the raptor. First tentatively identified as a Red Kite, this bird shows mostly features of the Black Kite. Hybrids between the Back Kite and the Red Kite have been occasionally observed in the wild; see Notes and comments regarding identification.
Rural, farmland with residual mixed deciduous/coniferous forest.
This bird was identified as a Black Kite on the basis of the following criteria: head not grey; tail fork appears shallow; on the sitting bird, primaries almost reach the end of the tail. http://www.gobirding.eu/Photos/BlackKite... The Black Kite and Red Kite can be more easily distinguished on shots taken of the bird in flight, which unfortunately are missing here. Added in the light of difficulties in identifying this bird as Black or Red Kite: From Wikipedia: "Allozyme data indicates that the genetic diversity in both Black and Red Kites is rather low. Successful hybridization between Milvus kites is fairly commonplace, making mtDNA analyses unreliable to resolve the genus' phylogeny. Furthermore, there is no good correlation between molecular characters and biogeography and morphology in the Red Kite due to very incomplete lineage sorting". http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milvus See also: http://www.birdwatch.co.uk/channel/newsi... http://rapaces.lpo.fr/sites/default/file... Both Black Kite and Red Kite are present in the area where the bird was spotted: http://www.vogelwarte.ch/schwarzmilan.ht... http://www.vogelwarte.ch/red-kite.html