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White-tailed kite

Elanus leucurus

Description:

White bird of prey, with black wing patches, and pale yellow feet.

Habitat:

Soaring over our backyard

Notes:

Lifer! This was a very cool bird to see, but unfortunately this was the only picture I was able to get. A good place to go to see them is ether a lake, or wetlands, and also are seen in grasslands.

No species ID suggestions

6 Comments

Desmond.E.S.O
Desmond.E.S.O 2 years ago

Ok. I'll wait for some more input until I change the "spotting name".

JoshuaGSmith
JoshuaGSmith 2 years ago

It could be a Prairie Falcon

Desmond.E.S.O
Desmond.E.S.O 2 years ago

It a solid pale colored tail with no markings, it didn't have a brown back, and also definitely seemed bigger than a kestrel.

Desmond.E.S.O
Desmond.E.S.O 2 years ago

A prairie falcon seems to fit best. It's just that it was sooo white looking that's what first came to mind.

JoshuaGSmith
JoshuaGSmith 2 years ago

I believe this is an American Kestrel. The two stripes are quite separate unlike that of a Prairie Falcon whose rear stripe is like a black patch. American Kestrels do hover on occasion like White-tailed Kites do.

JoshuaGSmith
JoshuaGSmith 2 years ago

This bird looks more like a falcon than a kite because of the stripes on the head. White-tailed Kites have a black patch over the eyes. Sorry Des!

Claremont, California, USA

Lat: 34.10, Long: -117.72

Spotted on Nov 8, 2015
Submitted on Nov 8, 2015

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