French: Milan royal German: Rotmilan Spanish: Milano real
Other common names: Cape Verde Kite (fasciicauda)
Subspecies and Distribution
M. m. milvus
(Linnaeus, 1758) – S Sweden E to Ukraine and SW Russia, and S through C Europe to W & C Mediterranean Basin; Britain (Wales, reintroduced Scotland and England); maybe Caucasus; formerly Canary Is.
M. m. fasciicauda
E. J. O. Hartert, 1914 – Cape Verde Is, where almost surely extinct#R.
60–72 cm; male 757–1221 g, female 960–1600 g; wingspan 143–171 cm. Larger than M. migrans and redder brown; tail more clearly... read more
Often silent away from nest. Commonest call between partners a mewing "weee-oo", not unlike that of... read more
Open wooded land; varied country, including forests or woods mixed with farmland, pasture or... read more
Food and feeding
Wide range of food types, but essentially carrion and small or medium-sized mammals and birds; diet varies according to local availability... read more
Laying Mar–May. Nest a platform of sticks, often with rags or plastic incorporated, and normally lined with wool, built in fork or on... read more
Mainly migratory in N & C Europe, although showing an increasing tendency to overwinter in... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Cape Verde Is form fasciicauda (quite possibly not even a valid taxon) probably now extinct, and all... read more
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