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.
- Genus Elanus
- Black-winged Kite, Elanus caeruleusBlack-shouldered Kite, Elanus axillarisWhite-tailed Kite, Elanus leucurusLetter-winged Kite, Elanus scriptus
- African Swallow-tailed Kite, Chelictinia riocourii
- Bat Hawk, Machaerhamphus alcinus
- Genus Gampsonyx
- Pearl Kite, Gampsonyx swainsonii
- Swallow-tailed Kite, Elanoides forficatus
- Genus Harpagus
- Genus Ictinia
- Snail Kite, Rostrhamus sociabilis
- Genus Helicolestes
- Slender-billed Kite, Helicolestes hamatus - formerly in Rostrhamus
- Genus Haliastur
- Genus Milvus
- Red Kite, Milvus
- Cape Verde Kite, Milvus (milvus) fasciicauda – extinct (2000)
- Red Kite, Milvus milvus
- Square-tailed Kite, Lophoictinia isura
- Black-breasted Buzzard, Hamirostra melanosternon
A few of the Perninae are also called kites.
- Grey-headed Kite, Leptodon cayanensis
- White-collared Kite, Leptodon forbesi
- Hook-billed Kite, Chondrohierax uncinatus
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