French: Baza huppard German: Dreifarbenweih Spanish: Baza negro
Dumont de Sainte Croix
Subspecies and Distribution
A. l. wolfei
Deignan, 1948 – Sichuan (C China).
A. l. syama
(Hodgson, 1837) – N India (Uttarakhand)#R E to SE China (Guangdong, Hainan), probably also S Myanmar and W Thailand#R; this race postulated to be breeding in Laos#R and presumably responsible also for recent summer (Jun) record in Bhutan#R; winters S through Thailand and Malay Peninsula to W Java.
A. l. leuphotes
(Dumont de Sainte Croix, 1820) – SW India and Sri Lanka (but breeding reports questionable#R), possibly S Myanmar and W Thailand#R; may breed also in parts of Indochina.
A. l. andamanica
Abdulali & Grubh, 1970 – South Andaman (Andaman Is).
28–35 cm; 168–224 g; wingspan 64–80 cm. Small, chunky black kite with long crest (often held erect, except in flight) on pigeon-like head; in flight,... read more
Quavering whistle recalling Milvus migrans, a shrill gull-like mewing and a weak scream... read more
Open deciduous or evergreen tropical forest, including second growth and bamboo-dominated areas,... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly large insects (and their larvae), especially grasshoppers (also beetles, mantids and moths), but also lizards and tree-frogs;... read more
Breeding accounts scarce. No detailed accounts of aerial display, but switchback manoeuvres likened to those by Accipiter gentilis... read more
Considered probably resident, or only partially migratory, in SW India, on Andaman Is, and from... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). CITES II. Generally uncommon, but probably passes undetected due to unobtrusive habits, and may be commoner than thought; e.g.... read more
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