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Red Kite
Milvus milvus
Black Kite
Milvus migrans
  (Boddaert, 1783)
Whistling Kite
Haliastur sphenurus
Back to Black Kite Clements 6.8
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The two sub-species that occur in sub-Saharan Africa are Milvus migrans parasitus and M. m migrans. The South African bird books list them as separate species and just to make things even more confusing, call one of them Yellow-billed Kite which is actually the common name applied to M. m aegyptius (This sub-species does not occur in sub-Saharan Africa unless of course further taxonomy has come to light.)