Black-winged Kite

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Black-winged Kite -Elanus caeruleus or Black-shouldered Kite, is a small raptor of Type – diurnal-raptor, the Family Accipitridae and the Order Accipitriformes. It is a bird of open savannah grasslands and semi deserts from SW France, across Spain, Portugal, the Maghreb, the Nile Valley, the Levant and sub saharan Africa. In Arabia it is thinly distributed but in the Oriental Region it is widely distributed from the Punjab eastwards. Breeding times vary across its wide range, and although it is not migratory, it does make short movements subject to weather and food availability. Please note that the term Black-shouldered kite can be confused with an Australian species with the same name.

Type - diurnal-raptor - nest a loose structure of twigs, roosts communally,
Summer Habitat - open plains and semi deserts, grassy slopes on higher ground, 
Winter Habitat - not migratory but dispersive dependent upon climate and food availability factors, 

Order..: Accipitriformes
Family.: Accipitridae
Genus..: Elanus

Species: Elanus caeruleus
Black Shouldered Kite – Species Fact File – arkive.org
Black Shouldered Kite – Species Sheet – birdlife.org
Black Shouldered Kite – Species Sheet – europeanraptors.org
Black Shouldered Kite – Species Sheet – globalraptors.org
Black Shouldered Kite – Range and Calls – xeno-canto.org
Black Shouldered Kite – Sightings – ebird.org

Additional Material…
Black Shouldered Kite – Threatened Species – ec.europa.eu
Black Shouldered Kite – Kruger Park Kites – birding.krugerpark.co.za
Black Shouldered Kite – Red List Status – iucnredlist.org

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