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Black-shouldered Kites are around 36 cm in length and have a wingspan of up to 95 cm (37 in). Adults are a very pale grey with a white head and white underparts. The leading edge of the inner wing is black. When perched, this gives them their prominent black "shoulders". They have orange eyes.
Although reported from almost all parts of Australia, they are most common in the relatively fertile south-east and south-west corners of the mainland, and in south-east Queensland.
This individual was rescued for rehabilitation after it was found on the ground. The Black-shouldered Kite often frets in captivity and adults will often refuse to eat. So whie it is one of the most stunning birds to come into care, it is also one of the most difficult to take care of.