754. Milvus Aegyptius

754. Yellow-billed Kite.
MILVUS AEGYPTIUS.
Milvus oegyptius (Gmel.), Syst. Nat. i. p. 261 (1788) ; Sharpe, Cat. B. Br. Mus. i. p. 320 ; Dresser, V. p. 657 ; M. forskathli (Gmel.), tom. cit. p. 263 ; M. parasiticus (Daud.), Traite d’Orn, ii. p. 150 (1800).
Male ad. (Egypt). Resembles M. migrans, but the crown is less grey and more rufous in tinge, the tail is more deeply forked, and the whole bill as well as the cere wax-yellow. Culmen 1.5, wing 16.8, tail 11.5, tarsus 2.25 inch.
Hab. Africa from the Mediterranean south to the Cape Colony where, however, it is rare ; Palestine ; of rare occurrence north of the Mediterranean in Greece and the Cyclades ; Asia Minor.
In habits it resembles M. migrans, but is bolder and more fearless, and frequents the vicinity of towns, villages, camps, &c. where it feeds on carrion and offal and also on chic kens, rats, large insects, and reptiles. It nests on trees, ruins, cliffs, &c., making a somewhat loosely constructed nest of sticks lined with rags, or any available soft material. The eggs, 2 to 3 in number, resemble those of M. migrans, but are a trifle smaller and more sparingly marked.

BookTitle: 
A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Reference: 
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 2. 1903.
Title in Book: 
754. Milvus Aegyptius
Book Author: 
H. E. Dresser
CatNo: 
754
Year: 
1903
Page No: 
537
Common name: 
Yellow Billed Kite
M_ID: 
3048
M_CN: 
Yellow-billed Kite
M_SN: 
Milvus aegyptius
Volume: 
Vol. 2
id: 
11135

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