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Square-tailed Kite

Lophoictinia isura


Rarer bird than other kites. Brown, white and black patterned and blotchy feathers, immature birds very russet coloured, soars and glides effortlessly in search of prey, large curved beak typical of birds of prey, feeds on insects, small mammals, small birds and young, voice is combination of whistles, birds grow to just under 60cm.


Found throughout Australia with exception of very arid inland regions. This family in dry woodland forest.


This is one of the young birds just taking flight after a series of practice manouvres, its sibling stayed put in the large stick nest very high up in the Spotted Gum tree contemplating its own departure from the nest. Very difficult to get good, crisp, clear images of them with my gear as so much distance/height involved.

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New South Wales, Australia

Spotted on Dec 3, 2013
Submitted on Dec 3, 2013

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