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Black-winged Kite

Elanus caeruleus

Notes:

3) Changed ID thanks to luiselye suggestion 2) Identified thanks to Cynthia 1)Help needed for further identification. Thanks in advance.)

2 Species ID Suggestions

Black shouldered kite?
Elanus axillaris
luiselye
luiselye 11 years ago
Black-winged Kite
Elanus caeruleus Black-winged Kite


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12 Comments

Josh Asel
Josh Asel 9 years ago

This is the business.

arlanda
arlanda 10 years ago

excellent!

Dennis Davenport
Dennis Davenport 10 years ago

Gorgeous shot of this beauty!

DoinaRussu
DoinaRussu 10 years ago

superb!

luiselye
luiselye 11 years ago

I've been watching these magnificent birds of prey for some thirty years now and it's always a pleasure to see them. They are very beautiful. This photo is an excellent one... animaisfotos, I like your photos very much. I would love to draw or paint from some of them :)

CynthiaMHori
CynthiaMHori 11 years ago

Hence the question mark! :) Glad someone could find more about the bird. Still a fabulous photo!

animaisfotos
animaisfotos 11 years ago

Don't be. The discussion can only bring an added value. Thank you for the update, luiselye. After reading from the suggested wiki-page it became more clear that it should be the Black-winged Kite. I had no idea that there where: Black-winged, Black-shouldered and White-tailed Kites... Not an expert but I'm going to bet on this one. Never the less I have also to thanks Cynthia for the suggestion (I had nothing). Lets see if it changes again :-)

luiselye
luiselye 11 years ago

I'm sorry to say that this is not an Australian Black-shouldered Kite (Elanus axillaris), but rather a European Black-winged Kite (Elanus caeruleus) which is endemmic to the Iberian Peninsula... They are somewhat rare now but still very present in Portugal and Spain (where its Australian cousin never appears) :)

animaisfotos
animaisfotos 11 years ago

Thank you Cynthia.

peter
peter 11 years ago

Such a majestic bird. Fantastic spotting once again!

Kate & Chris
Kate & Chris 11 years ago

Wow, nice sighting and great photo!

CynthiaMHori
CynthiaMHori 11 years ago

beautiful!

animaisfotos
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animaisfotos

Lisboa, Portugal

Spotted on Jun 3, 2010
Submitted on Feb 20, 2011

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