Use the talents you possess…

waeg.com for sale

Use the talents you possess –
for the woods would be a very silent place if no birds sang except for the best

A Henry Van Dyke Quotation

White-Tail Kite

Have you seen this bird?

White-Tail Kite

The White-tailed Kite (Elanus leucurus) is an elanid kite found in western North America and parts of South America.

For some recent decades, it united with the Black-winged Kite of Europe and Africa in Elanus caeruleus, and collectively called “Black-shouldered Kite”

Identification Tips:
• Length: 14.5 inches Wingspan: 40 inches
• Sexes similar
• Medium-sized, graceful, long-winged hawk
• Pointed wings
• Long, squared-off tail
• Short, dark, hooked beak
• Red eye
• Black upperwing coverts appear as black shoulder at rest
• Often hovers and soars with wings held in a dihedral

Similar species:
Gulls and terns are similar in coloration but lack black shoulder and wrist marks and have a different bill shape. Mississippi Kite has a similar shape, but is much darker in all plumages, never having a white breast, white tail, or the black shoulder or wrist marks of the White-tailed Kite.

More recently it was argued that the White-tailed Kite differed from the Old World species in size, shape, plumage and behavior, and that these differences were sufficient to warrant specific status. This argument was accepted by the American Ornithologists’ Union, so the White-tailed Kite has its original name back. Meanwhile, the Old World E. caeruleus is again called Black-winged Kite, while the name Black-shouldered Kite is now reserved for an Australian species, Elanus axillaris, which had also been lumped into E. caeruleus but now regarded as separate again.

White-tailed Kites feed principally on rodents, and they are readily seen patrolling or hovering over lowland scrub or grassland. They rarely if ever eat bird, and even in open cerrado, mixed-species feeding flocks will generally ignore them.

 

 

Use the talents you possess – for the woods would be a very silent place if no birds sang except for the best.

A Henry Van Dyke Quotation

 

Bird Quotation Popularity Poll

(4 answers max)

  • Quotation: Use the talents you possess...

    View Results

    Loading ... Loading ...

Add any comments below and/or indicate if you spotted this bird.

 

Use the talents you possess – for the woods would be a very silent place if no birds sang except for the best.

Bird Quotes Notice
Please submit bird sayings, bird quotes, bird poems, or your own bird quote. Enter the bird quotation for others to enjoy by filling out the Submit form on the menu.

social media

Large view +
credit

2 Comments

  1. Nice article, just bookmarked it for later reference.

  2. Hey just wanted to give you a quick heads up and let you know a few of the images aren’t loading correctly. I’m not sure why but I think its a linking issue.

    I’ve tried it in two different web browsers and both show the same results.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *