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  1. Great shot. Posted 7 months ago
  2. Beautiful! Posted 7 months ago
  3. well guys don't know what I have done, but could you please ID the species Yellow-billed Kite [parasitus] Milvus migrans ssp. parasitus on that picture please, can't find the button to do it now :D Posted 7 months ago, modified 7 months ago
    1. Excellent shot! :o) But I don't think the software supports subspecies at the moment ...
      Cheers, Arp
      Posted 7 months ago
      1. It does, but it's a moot point since the ITIS supports the split of M. aegyptius to full species status!
        (Edit: just saw that you already ID'ed it, my bad!)
        Posted 7 months ago, modified 7 months ago
        1. So it means that parasitus is not valid anymore?
          Sorry I am a bit lost now...to me aegyptius and parasitus werre clearly different...
          Posted 7 months ago
          1. From what I've read, there is a fair bit of disagreement.

            The ITIS supports the yellow billed kite as a full species Milvus aegyptius, split from the Black kite, Milvus migrans. Within the yellow-billed, they recognize 2 subspecies, M. a. aegyptius (breeding in Egypt, sw Arabia, and coastal East Africa), and M. a. parasitus (most of sub-saharan Africa and Madagascar).

            Some have argued that parasitus and aegyptius should be lumped, resulting in a single yellow-billed taxon, while others still maintain aegyptius and parasitus as subspecies of the black kite (Clements).

            Now, both molecular studies that I found (Scheider et al 2004, Johnson et al 2005) found that yellow-billed kites were in fact closer to the red kites! So it would seem that the old classification, with the yellow-billed kites considered as subspecies of the black kite, is not the way to go.
            Johnson et al did find that specimens from South Africa and Mada were seemingly quite distinct, but their samples didn't cover enough of the range of the yellow-billed kites to allow a full resolution...

            In the case of your photo, for the purpose of JD at least, it's easy. We follow ITIS, so your bird definitely falls under M. aegyptius (parasitus), like other photos that we already have here from South Africa.
            But I'm curious, you say that to you aegyptius and parasitus are clearly different. Are you referring to their mutual geographic range and these molecular studies, or do you know something else that I don't?
            Posted 7 months ago
            1. I am a member of INaturalist and firstky I identified it as aegyptius, but some clever guys taught me it was parasitus and not aegy...
              Here the link

              And I must admit the details of the picture leave no doubt...we can clearly see it
              Posted 7 months ago
              1. Right, inaturalist follows Clements for bird taxonomy, hence the inclusion of the yellow-billed kites under Milvus migrans. But they still recognize aegyptius and parasitus as distinct subspecies.
                And since your bird is from Madagascar, parasitus is correct, aegyptius would have been good for a bird from Egypt or Sudan for example.
                Hope that helps?
                Posted 7 months ago
                1. I know :)
                  How exciting
                  Posted 7 months ago

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The yellow-billed kite is the Afrotropic counterpart of the black kite , of which it is most often considered a subspecies. However, recent DNA studies suggest that the yellow-billed kite differs significantly from black kites in the Eurasian clade, and should be considered as a separate, allopatric species.

There are two subspecies: ''M. a. parasitus'', found throughout most of sub-Saharan Africa , except for the Congo Basin and ''M. a. aegyptius'' of Egypt, south-west Arabia and the.. more

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Uploaded Oct 17, 2018. Captured Sep 30, 2018 06:41 in Belon'i Tsiribihina, Madagascar.
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark III
  • f/5.6
  • 1/1250s
  • ISO800
  • 800mm