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Black-shouldered Kite

Elanus axillaris

Description:

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.

Habitat:

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.

Notes:

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.

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7 Comments

KatCuff
KatCuff 9 years ago

He knows! I'm not sure what, but he knows. Beautiful!

p.young713
p.young713 9 years ago

Great photo!!

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 9 years ago

The eyes amazing shot, very intense facial concentration.

Steve A
Steve A 9 years ago

@ KarenL, the eyes are very interesting. We often associate this eye colour with nocturnal birds, and that id very true of the close cousin the Letterwing Kite. However the Black-shouldered Kite is diurnal, although it does often hunt early in the mornings. Either way - its a spectacular look in that white face.

KarenL
KarenL 9 years ago

Wow! Those eyes....

ceherzog
ceherzog 9 years ago

Beautiful shot...love the red eyes.

Atul
Atul 9 years ago

very impressive bird to watch when hunting for food
great snap

Steve A
Spotted by
Steve A

New South Wales, Australia

Spotted on Feb 10, 2010
Submitted on Jul 8, 2011

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