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Whistling Kite (Haliastur sphenurus)

Whistling Kite, Whistling Eagle or Whistling Hawk


The Whistling Kite ranges in size from 50–60 cm (20–24 in), with a wingspan between 123–146 cm (48–57 in).[2] Weights range from 380–1,050 g (13–37 oz).


Nearly as abundant is the Whistling Kite, a species which was breeding while we are here, in the dry Australian winter. They tend to hold their wings like Ospreys and the pattern of dark and light aids the ID. All these raptors are very common as they don’t get shot at!

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