Black Kite (Juvenile)
Black Kite
Black Kite (Juvenile)
Scientific Name 
Milvus migrans
Arabic Name 
الحدأة الشائعة
Kuwaiti name 
150.0 cm
65.0 cm
Least Concern


Common passage migrant and scarce winter visitor. One of Afro-Eurasia’s most widespread raptors, often foraging close to humans, even in cities and rubbish tips.
Where in Kuwait 
Up to 150 Kites used to winter regularly at the dump site in Sulaibiya and is seen regularly on passage migration in both singles and small flocks.
In the world 
With a distribution that spreads over four continents, the black kite is probably the world’s most abundant bird of prey where it occupies a wide variety of natural and artificial habitats.
Local threats 
Overall the population has declined owing to poisoning, shooting, pollution of water and over-use of pesticides.