Black-shouldered Kite
Ellura
Whistling Kite
Adult
 
    
Whistling Kite (Haliastur sphenurus)Class: Animal (Animalia) - Chordate (Chordata) - Bird (Aves)
Order: Bird of Prey (Falconiformes)
Family: Eagle & Hawk (Accipitridae)
Species: Whistling Kite (Haliastur sphenurus)
This Photo:     Juvenile
Similar Species: Little Eagle

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee)
Very large. We thought kites were smaller.
Brown wings and buff breast.
Juveniles have white wing tips which show up as "freckles".
Regular white patches on its back and wings when at rest.

Copyright © 2011- Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 25-Oct-2011
This species is classed as LC (Least Concern) in the Murray Mallee, by DENR (Regional Species Status Assessments, July 2010)