Black Shouldered Kite

Black-Shouldered Kite (Elanus axillaris)

These striking, smaller sized kites are mostly white in colour with pale grey back and wings and distinctive black patch on wings between carpals and body. They have deep red eyes and yellow feet. They are similar to the rarer Letter-wing Kite.

Black-shouldered Kites hunt in open woodlands and grasslands, often seen in farmlands with scattered trees or the high vantage point of power poles and wires. They glide and hover while searching for prey  on the ground, such as mice and small lizards.

In care they are highly stressed and should be placed with an experienced carer.

Black-shouldered Kite in care

Black-shouldered Kite in care

 

Black-shouldered Kite on power poles being harassed by a Pied Butcherbird (photo by Shaun C Murphy)

Black-shouldered Kite on power poles being harassed by a Pied Butcherbird (photo by Shaun C Murphy)

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