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Brahminy Kite question (1 Viewer)

delia todd

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I have one or two pictures of this kite showing a white tip to the tail.

I can find no mention of this feature anywhere and wonder if it's subspecies/age-related or what?

The first time I noticed it I wondered if it was the bright sun bleaching the area, but that's clearly not the case here:


Bird observed in October on the Gold Coast in Queensland, so should be fresh plumage not worn, I'd have thought.

Your thoughts would be appreciated.


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The pale tip to the tail is shown and mentioned in the text of my old Pizzey&Knight field guide as well as shown in the drawings in
Debus, S., J. S. Marks, and G. M. Kirwan (2020). Brahminy Kite (Haliastur indus), version 1.0. In Birds of the World (J. del Hoyo, A. Elliott, J. Sargatal, D. A. Christie, and E. de Juana, Editors). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.brakit1.01


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