The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Yellow-billed Kite

Afrikaans name: Geelbekwou

Yellow-billed Kites have a distinctive shape in flight

Yellow-billed Kites have a distinctive shape to their tail in flight

Photo © Steven Herbert

Milvus aegyptius parasitus

The Yellow-billed Kite is regarded by many scientists as a sub-species of the Black Kite Milvus migrans.

Yellow-billed Kites breed in South Africa during summer but migrate north during winter. They start arriving back during August.

In many areas they are a common sight during summer. In fact they are the 'hawk' that many people are familiar with. They have a slow flight and swivel their tails a lot.

Yellow-billed Kite

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Those that regard them as 'hawks' want to lock up their pets when they are around for fear that they will be carried off. In reality they eat insects and small mammals. Road kill is a favourite of theirs.

The Yellow-billed Kite is found in most areas, apart from those that are really arid.

References and further reading

Wild About Johannesburg - Author: Duncan Butchart - Published: 1995 - Page: 40

Wildlife of Southern Africa - Author: Martin Withers and David Hosking - Published: 2011 - Page: 48

The Sandton Field Guide - Author: Sandton Nature Conservation Society - Published: 1982 - Page: 45

The Status & Conservation of Birds of Prey in the Transvaal - Author: W. Tarboton and D. Allan - Published: 1984 - Page: 22

Southern African Wildlife - Author: Readers Digest - Published: 1989 - Page: 150

The Birds of South Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Dr. Austin Roberts - Published: 1949 - Page: 50

Suburban Wildlife in KZN - Author: Dr. Jason Londt - Published: 2009 - Page: 116

Southern African Bird Names Explained - Author: Charles Clinning - Published: 1989 - Page: 87

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 4th Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Published: 2011 - Page: 104

Sasol Birds of Prey of Africa and its Islands - Author: Alan and Meg Kemp - Published: 1998 - Page: 186

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Published: 1993 - Page: 108

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 4th Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1981 - Page: 92

Roberts Birds of Southern Africa - 6th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Published: 1993 - Page: 107

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 2nd edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1957 - Page: 69

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 3rd Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1975 - Page: 86

Newmans Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Published: 1984 - Page: 158

Newmans Birds of Southern Africa - 7th Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Published: 2000 - Page: 158

Know your Birds of Prey - Author: - Published: 0 - Page: 25

Field Guide to the Birds of Kruger National Park - Author: Ian Sinclair and Ian Whyte - Published: 1991 - Page: 50

Ian Sinclairs Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair - Published: 1988 - Page: 88

Eagles, Hawks & Falcons of the World - Author: Leslie Brown and Dean Amadon - Published: 1989 - Page: 262

Everyones Guide to South African Birds - Author: John Sinclair and John Mendelsohn - Published: 1987 - Page: 54

Collins Illustrated Checklist - Birds of Southern Africa - 1st edition - Author: Ber van Perlo - Published: 1999 - Page: 14

Birds of the Transvaal - Author: Tarboton, Kemp and Kemp - Published: 1987 - Page: 44

Birds of the Transkei - Author: C.D. Quickelberge - Published: 1989 - Page: 40

Birds of Prey of the World - Author: Friedhelm Weick - Published: 1980 - Page: 72

Birds of Southern Africa - Kruger National Park - Author: Kenneth Newman - Published: 1985 - Page: 64

Birds of the Natal Drakensberg Park - Author: Robin Little and William Bainbridge - Published: 1992 - Page: 14

Birds of the South Western Cape - Author: Joy Frandsen - Published: 0 - Page: 50

Birds of Prey of Southern Africa - Author: Peter Steyn - Published: 1985 - Page: 43

A Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: O.P.M. Prozesky - Published: 1983 - Page: 68

A First Guide to South African Birds - 6th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Published: 1959 - Page: 126

A First Guide to South African Birds - 7th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Published: 1975 - Page: 126

African Birds of Prey - Author: Leslie Brown - Published: 1970 - Page: 53

An Introduction to the Birds of Prey of South Africa - Author: D.V. Prout-Jones - Published: 1974 - Page: 34

Bird Atlas of Natal - Author: Digby Cyrus and Nigel Robson - Published: 1980 - Page: 70

Birds of Prey of Southern Africa - Author: Peter Steyn - Published: 1985 - Page: 41

Animals of the Kruger National Park - Author: G. de Graaff - Published: 1987 - Page: 69

An Introduction to the Birds of Prey of South Africa - Author: D.V. Prout-Jones - Published: 1974 - Page: 95

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