As suggested by its name, the yellow-billed kite is easily recognized by its entirely yellow bill, unlike that of the black kite (which is present in Africa as a visitor during the North Hemisphere winter). However, immature yellow-billed kites resemble the black kites of the corresponding age.

Habitat and Distribution

They are found in almost all habitats, including parks in suburbia, but rare in the arid Namib and Karoo. It is mostly an intra-African breeding migrant, present in Southern Africa July?March and sometimes as late as May. It is generally common.


They feed on a wide range of small vertebrates and insects, much of which is scavenged.