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Square-tailed Kite - BirdForum Opus

Lophoictinia isura

Identification

Obvious on the sitting bird is the very long wings going well past the tail; long wings are also visible, if less obvious, in the flying bird.

Similar species

Little Eagle has tricolored underside of arm while Whistling Kite has only two colors when going front to back. Little Eagle also has shorter tail and wings.

Distribution

Australia: widely distributed but generally rare with records from all mainland states. Possibly most numerous in Western Australia but nomadic and could be seen virtually throughout the country. Rarest in the south-east.

Taxonomy

Photo © by Hans&Judy Beste
Ipswich, Queensland, Australia 2014

This is a monotypic species.

Habitat

Open woodland, grassland with scattered trees, riverine woodland and rocky gorges.

Behaviour

Often plunders nests of birds (most often honeyeaters) with loud, almost grown, nestlings.

References

  1. Clements, JF. 2008. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2008. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
  2. Birdforum thread discussing id of Square-tailed Kite vs Little Eagle

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