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Square-tailed Kite

Lophoictinia isura


More rufous in colour than similar kites, a raptor that is not as common as others of its type, soars above tree tops in search of small prey and nestlings of other birds, light wing area can be seen in flight, tail is longer and more square than similar kites. Nested in August and juveniles finally left the nest in late November, returning often to the nest for family support.


Found throughout Australia, less commonly in arid inland regions, this one in dry northern NSW woodland forest.


This is the last of the three fledglings and is the only one of the family group of five still living, in the past few weeks the others fell victim to shooters. This one circles down low around me and perches nearby for a 'chat' most days. The day was overcast and misty hence the lack of clarity in the images.

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kdpicturemaker 8 years ago

Thanks Daniele.

DanielePralong 8 years ago

What a beautiful bird kd! Terrible to hear about the shooters... :-(

kdpicturemaker 8 years ago

Thanks StephenS. Shanna, yes illegal, tragic, but difficult to stop...

StephenSolomons 8 years ago

Beautiful bird.

ShannaB 8 years ago

That's terrible, kd. Illegal, surely? (Although with our current governments maybe not.....)

kdpicturemaker 8 years ago

Thanks Rieko. It's a cutie!

RiekoS 8 years ago


kdpicturemaker 8 years ago

Unfortunately true Shanna. A pair of beautiful Wedge-tailed Eagles have settled in again at home, so hope they stay safe.

ShannaB 8 years ago

Shooters - seriously?!?!? : (

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 8 years ago

it is good that you are there for it. How sad that it lost it's family.

kdpicturemaker 8 years ago

Thanks Jemma. This bird's personality is different from the 'norm'. It is friendlier - it may be used to me with a camera - and its family has gone so it may be seeking familiar company. It is very cute for a raptor.

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 8 years ago

What a lovely bird!!

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New South Wales, Australia

Spotted on Jan 9, 2014
Submitted on Jan 12, 2014

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