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Bird Whistling Kite (Haliastur sphenurus)


Henry Arthur Readford
May 23, 2011
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Common Name: Whistling Kite

Scientific Name
: Haliastur sphenurus

Order: Accipitriformes

Family: Accipitridae

Other Names: NA

Distribution: Throughout Australia

Habitat: Open or lightly wooded areas, typically found near water, at elevations ranging from sea level to 1400 meters. Some birds are known to be nomadic, wandering to coastal areas in northern Australia during the dry season. Some south Australian birds migrate to the south in the autumn. There is some evidence that the species is declining locally in southern Australia due to the drainage of wetlands and an accompanying decline in food supplies.

Field Notes: Head underparts light brown with pale streaks, dark wings with pale linings, pale angled panel midwing, long rounded plain rounded tail. Size from 50- 60 cm, wingspan between 120-145 cm.

Photo by Auscraft 2011, Kinbombi, QLD

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A special thanks To Blake and Hairyman for help Identifying the subject achieved through the new forum WTF (Wildlife Taxon Finder)
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