Red kite Milvus milvus, photographed by Juan.

Belongs within: Accipitridae.

The Milvinae are a cosmopolitan group of medium-sized kites. Milvines are predators of small animals, including insects and molluscs; many species are also scavengers.

    |--Rostrhamus Lesson 1830 A61, B94 [Rostrhaminae]
    |    `--R. sociabilis USDI77
    |         |--R. s. sociabilis USDI77
    |         `--R. s. plumbeus USDI77
    |--Haliastur A61
    |    |--H. indus J06
    |    |    |--H. i. indus J06
    |    |    |--H. i. girrenera J06
    |    |    `--H. i. intermedius J06
    |    `--H. sphenurus WH02
    `--Milvus Lacépède 1799 M02
         |--M. aegyptius S66
         |--M. brachypterus Jánossy 1977 M02
         |--M. deperditus Milne-Edwards 1871 M02
         |--M. govinda B66
         |--M. incertus Gaillard 1939 [=Promilio incertus] M02
         |--M. melanotis S89
         |--M. migrans VP89
         |    |--M. m. migrans VP89
         |    `--M. m. lineatus VP89
         |--M. milvus (Linnaeus 1758) [=Falco milvus; incl. Corvus crassipennis Giebel 1847] M02
         |--M. parasitus Do66
         `--M. regalis Dr66

*Type species of generic name indicated


[A61] Austin, O. L., Jr. 1961. Birds of the World: A survey of the twenty-seven orders and one hundred and fifty-five families. Paul Hamlyn: London.

[B94] Bock, W. J. 1994. History and nomenclature of avian family-group names. Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 222: 1-281.

[B66] Bulger, G. E. 1866. List of birds observed at Wellington, Neilgherry Hills, about 6000 feet above the level of the sea, during the months of April and May, 1866. Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London 1866: 568-571.

[Do66] Dohrn, H. 1866. Synopsis of the birds of Ilha do Principe, with some remarks on their habits and descriptions of new species. Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London 1866: 324-332.

[Dr66] Dresser, H. E. 1866. Notes on the breeding of the booted eagle (Aquila pennata). Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London 1866: 377-380.

[J06] Johnstone, R. E. 2006. The birds of Gag Island, Western Papuan islands, Indonesia. Records of the Western Australian Museum 23 (2): 115-132.

[M02] Mlíkovský, J. 2002. Cenozoic Birds of the World. Part 1: Europe. Ninox Press: Praha.

[S89] Salvadori, T. 1889. Viaggio di Leonardo Fea nella Birmania e nelle regioni vicine. XIX. – Uccelli raccolti nei Monti Carin a nord-est di Tounghoo, nel Pegù presso Rangoon e Tounghoo e nel Tenasserim presso Malewoon. Annali del Museo Civico di Storia Naturale di Genova, Serie 2a 7: 369-438.

[S66] Schlegel, H. 1866. Communication from, on mammals and birds collected in Madagascar. Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London 1866: 419-426.

[USDI77] USDI (United States Department of the Interior). 1977. Endangered and threatened wildlife and plants - republication of list of species. Federal Register 42: 36420-36431.

[VP89] Viney, C., & K. Phillipps. 1989. Birds of Hong Kong 5th ed. Government Printer: Hong Kong.

[WH02] Worthy, T. H., & R. N. Holdaway. 2002. The Lost World of the Moa: Prehistoric life of New Zealand. Indiana University Press: Bloomington (Indiana).

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