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black kite

noun
1.
an Old World kite, Milvus migrans, having dark brown plumage and a forked tail, and feeding chiefly on carrion.
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  • Unlike the black kite, this bird is a great thief, and makes as much havoc among poultry as the red kite.

    Bible Animals; J. G. Wood
  • In another part of the wood was a nesting colony of the black kite (Milvus migrans), several of which soared high overhead.

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