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Alternative Name: Australian Kite
35 to 38 cm in length and have a wingspan of between 80 and 95 cm.
Present species is endemic to Australia.
This taxon has been split from Elanus caeruleus (of Africa and Eurasia) which is called Black-winged Kite in Opus. One additional species from the same complex is White-tailed Kite (Elanus leucurus). However, several taxonomic authorities still use the name Black-shouldered Kite for Elanus caeruleus, and Australian Kite for the present species. There is therefore a lot of confusion in the naming of these species.
Open woodland and grasslands; coastal sand dunes and salt marshes. Gardens, roadsides, sewage farms; overgrown scrub land
The diet consists mostly of mice. Grasshoppers, rats, small reptiles, and birds, are also taken.
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