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  • Black-shouldered Kite

  • Elanus axillaris
  • Black-shouldered Kites are medium raptors, and are mostly pale grey above, with a pure white head, body and tail and black shoulders. The wings are white underneath, with dark wing tips. The red eye is marked by a black comma that extends behind it. The nostrils are yellow and the legs and feet are also yellow. The Black-shouldered Kite has a direct flight with quick shallow wing beats interspersed with glides on upswept wings, and is often seen hovering, with feet dangling.

  • Photos link
  • http://www.graemechapman.com.au/library/viewphotos.php?c=304
  • Song link
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  • Black-shouldered Kite

  • Black-shouldered Kites are medium raptors, and are mostly pale grey above, with a pure white head, body and tail and black shoulders. The wings are white underneath, with dark wing tips. The red eye is marked by a black comma that extends behind it. The nostrils are yellow and the legs and feet are also yellow. The Black-shouldered Kite has a direct flight with quick shallow wing beats interspersed with glides on upswept wings, and is often seen hovering, with feet dangling.

  • Formerly or also known as
  • Scientific name
  • Elanus axillaris
  • Former scientific name
    RAOU number
  • 232
  • Size
  • 35-38cm
  • Period in district
  • Song group
  • Song link
  • Photos link
  • http://www.graemechapman.com.au/library/viewphotos.php?c=304
  • Description link
  • http://birdlife.org.au/bird-profile/black-shouldered-kite