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Black-winged Kite

(Elanus caeruleus)
Alternate name(s): The name Black-shouldered Kite should
be reserved for the Australian species, Elanus axillaris.
German name(s): "Gleitaar"

Size: 31-36 cm; wing span 76-88 cm
Weight: 260 g (average)

Similar species

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

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Booted Eagle at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "caeruleus"

ADULT

Sex unknown

Near-dorsal view of a Black-winged Kite (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Tejo estuary, Portugal, January 2018]

Dorsal view of a Black-winged Kite (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, October 2013]

Near-frontal/ventral view of a Black-winged Kite in flight (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, May 2015]

Near-lateral view of a Black-winged Kite in flight (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, December 2017]

Near-lateral/ventral view of a Black-winged Kite in swift flight (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, September 2018]

Food, Diet

Action shot of a Black-winged Kite catching a small bird off-guard (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, November 2017]

Lateral view of a Black-winged Kite plucking its furry prey (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, February 2015]

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