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Yellow Billed Kite

Country           South Africa
Location:         KwaZulu-Natal
Reserve:          Phinda Game Reserve
Camp               Phinda Vlei Lodge

Picture of an impressive Yellow-Billed Kite perched at the tip of a gnarled, dead limb.  The Yellow-billed kite plumage is multiple browns overall, and, as its name implies, it has a distinctive yellow bill,  with yellow legs and feet. It is a fairly large bird, about 25 inches in length and with a wingspan approaching 60 inches. The sexes are alike in plumage, but the females are slightly larger than the males.  Yellow-billed kites  are usually silent, uttering a little or no sounds normally. They feed on insects, small mammals and just about any animal material that they can find.


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The Yellow-billed kite is found singly or in pairs while breeding but is otherwise quite gregarious.  The kites are monogamous and during the breeding season they build a bowl-shaped nest of sticks in the canopy of a suitable tree, lining it with dung, wool and any other bits of soft material that can be found. The nests are usually well concealed in the thick foliage. The female lays a clutch of two or three white eggs that are marked with brown, and that hatch after an incubation period of about 35 days.

Picture taken at Phinda Game Reserve, one of Africa's most ecologically diverse regions, with an extraordinary range of ecosystems and wildlife.

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