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