Juvenile kite conundrum

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3 years 10 months ago #86452 by mansona
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Hi everyone.

Found these kites at the Vulture restaurant at Giants Castle. No fork in the tail to talk about, but the lack of a pale eye says that they are not black kite, at least not adults. All the other kite's around was adult Yellow-billed Kites. Thus one can assume that these ones are juvenile Yellow-billed. But I do not want to make a ID based on assumptions. Can't find any info in my books as to how to distinguish between juvenile Black and Yellow-billed Kites. There was a few of these bird around over three days, usually one sometimes two. The photo's might therefore be of different individuals. Some birds have very weathered tail feathers, like one would expect form a breeding adult and not a juvenile. Feather shape also seems to differ from the adult Yellow-billed once, with these ones having more pointy feathers on the breast.

Any help appreciated.
Regards,
Arrie
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3 years 10 months ago #86454 by gordon
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Hi Arrie,

Very nice photos!!

Those are juvenile Yellow-billed Kites. The throat is normall paler on the Black Kite juveniles.

Cheers,
Gordon

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3 years 10 months ago #86457 by arty
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stunning pictures

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3 years 10 months ago #86463 by mansona
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Thanks Gordon and Warren

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3 years 9 months ago #86478 by mossie
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Nice pictures, and Yes, definitely a juvenle yellow billed. The streaking on the chest is indicative of both yellow billed and black kite. The difference is that juvenile black kite had whiter streaking on the chest.

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3 years 9 months ago #86481 by mansona
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Thanks Mossie

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