02 November 2023

Four Black-winged Kite - Khafra Marsh

Whilst birding Khafra Marsh in October we located a single adult Black-winged Kite, and then a little later in a different area we found three Black-winged Kites together on a power line.  The first record for the Eastern Province was only found on 17 April 2012, but since then has become more common with birds seen in every month and every year and it is now regarded as an uncommon visitor. Birds have bred at Khafra Marsh and these three birds are probably a family party. All birds sub-specifically identified in the east of the Kingdom are the eastern subspecies Elanus caeruleus vociferous a subspecies that occurs from Pakistan east to southern & eastern China, Indochina and the Malay Peninsula.