Medium-sized raptor (L 55 cm), uniformly dark coloured and shallowly forked tail. Black Kites are among the most social of raptor species. Inhabits lowland areas or mountain valleys, often near watercourses and lakes. The Black Kite is a highly adaptable species and an opportunistic feeder. Migrant.
Reasons for the need for protection/inclusion in annex I
The Black Kite population in Europe has seen a substancial decline during the twentieth century, expecially in the east. Human persecution, poisoning and pesticide contamination and changes in land-use practices and in the disposal of carrion are the main threats. At present, collision with, and electrocution by, powerlines is a serious problem.
yellow = summer visitor
green = resident
blue = winter visitor
Population : 20,000 / 30,000 pairs
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