Hawk Like

White-tailed Kite

Elanus leucurus
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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.

Male | Herbert Clarke



Bird Sound Type: Buzzing
Sex of Bird: Male
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  • Article: White-tailed Kite
  • Author(s): Dr. Biology
  • Publisher: Arizona State University School of Life Sciences Ask A Biologist
  • Site name: ASU - Ask A Biologist
  • Date published: July 13, 2017
  • Date accessed: May 28, 2023
  • Link: https://askabiologist.asu.edu/activities/bird/white-tailed-kite

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Dr. Biology. (2017, July 13). White-tailed Kite. ASU - Ask A Biologist. Retrieved May 28, 2023 from https://askabiologist.asu.edu/activities/bird/white-tailed-kite

American Psychological Association. For more info, see http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/10/

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Dr. Biology. "White-tailed Kite". ASU - Ask A Biologist. 13 July, 2017. https://askabiologist.asu.edu/activities/bird/white-tailed-kite

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Dr. Biology. "White-tailed Kite". ASU - Ask A Biologist. 13 Jul 2017. ASU - Ask A Biologist, Web. 28 May 2023. https://askabiologist.asu.edu/activities/bird/white-tailed-kite

Modern Language Association, 7th Ed. For more info, see http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/08/
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