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My favorite bird

Drives me crazy


Black-winged Kite

Elanus caeruleus


The black-winged kite is a striking, falcon-like bird of prey with an incredibly extensive range (3) (4). This species has a pure white head and breast starkly contrasted by deep-set, ruby-red eyes surrounded by black patches (5) (6). The crown, back of the neck and upperparts are grey, with the exception of a black patch on the upper edges of the wings, from which this species derives its name (6). The juvenile has similar colour patterning, but is browner on the upperparts, with dusky streaks on the crown and a yellowish-brown tinged breast and head (4). Generally silent, this species will make a weak weeet-weeet-weeet call when agitated

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Taken on September 6, 2013