753. Milvus melanotis

753. BLACK-EARED KITE.
MILVUS MELANOTIS.
Milvus melanotis, Temm, and Schlegel, Eaun. Jap. Aves, p. 14, pls. v. vb. (1850) ; Dresser, ix. p. 277 ; Sharpe, Cat. B. Br. Mus. i. p. 324 ; Tacz. F. O. Sib. O. p. 46 ; Blanf. F. Brit. Ind. Birds, iii. p. 377 ; M. major, Hume, Rough Notes, ii. p. 326 (1870).
Lorschun-tschernouchey, Russ. ; Achak-Koyruk-sa, Mizan-sa, Turki ; Tombi, Jap.
Male ad. (Siberia). Differs from M. migrans in having the feathers on the head margined with rufous brown and not white ; ear-coverts blackish ; under parts paler and less rufous in colour, and the inner webs of the quills white at the base, forming a conspicuous white patch on the under wing-surface ; bill bluish ; cere yellowish white ; iris hazel-brown ; legs dull china-white. Culmen 1.7, wing 19.3, tail 13.0, tarsus 2.3 inch.
Hab. From the Perm Government in Russia across Asia to Japan ; in Siberia north to 64° N. Lat., south to Mongolia, Manchuria, Corea, China, the Himalayas, Burma, and in India south to Bombay in the cold season.
Frequents jungles, groves, and marshes, and in general habits resembles M. migrans, and like that species feeds on frogs, fish, small mammals, etc. It breeds from January to May, its nest and eggs being similar to those of M. migrans, the latter measuring about 2.31 by 1.8.

BookTitle: 
A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Reference: 
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 2. 1903.
Title in Book: 
753. Milvus melanotis
Book Author: 
H. E. Dresser
CatNo: 
753
Year: 
1903
Page No: 
536
Common name: 
Black Eared Kite
M_ID: 
3042
M_CN: 
Black Kite
M_SN: 
Milvus migrans
Volume: 
Vol. 2
Term name: 
id: 
10039

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