Kites are smaller raptors with long wings and weak legs which spend a great deal of time soaring. They occur naturally in the warmer regions of this world.

In general they will take live prey but mostly feed on dead animals.

They are birds of prey which along with hawks, eagles, Old World vultures and many others are in the family Accipitridae.

Together with less closely related groups such as New World vultures and Osprey, they make up the diurnal bird of prey order Falconiformes.

Species list

Subfamily Elaninae

Subfamily MilvinaeBrahminy Kite

A few of the Perninae are also called kites.

Black-breasted Kite
checking out an egg

Kite Photo GalleryBirds of PreyThe Sport of Falconry