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White-tailed Kite

Elanus leucurus

White-tailed Kite
copyright Herbert Clarke
Length: 15 in. (38 cm)
Usually seen perched on a lone tree or telephone pole in savanna and grassy agricultural areas, this beautiful hawk also often hovers conspicuously over the ground looking intently down for prey. The kite feeds on small rodents, birds, reptiles and large insects. The nest is a stick platform placed at the top of a lone tree. The range of the White-tailed Kite has expanded considerably over the last 40 years, probably due to more extensive agricultural fields and the mice that live in them. The four-digit banding code is WTKI.
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Male
copyright Herbert Clarke

Grasslands
Grasslands

Agricultural
Agricultural

Savanna
Savanna

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Male
Buzzing (sound type)
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Male
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