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Letter-winged Kite

(Elanus scriptus)
Size: 30-36 cm; wing span 85-95 cm
Weight: 280-300 g

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Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Letter-winged Kite at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

Immature Letter-winged Kite perched on a treetop
[Near Wilcannia, NSW, March 2008]

Behaviour

The Letter-winged Kite is special, because it is the only fully nocturnal raptor.

Food, Diet

Adults: Long-haired Rats Dependents: As adults Water intake: None

All raptors are carnivores.

During the first few weeks, raptors feed their chicks with pieces of meat. Later on in their development, the chicks learn to tear apart their parents' prey.

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