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Black Shouldered Kite (Elanus Axillaris) This beautiful bird can be easily confused with Shikra if not taken a closer look. It belongs to a common species of Kite and the conversation status is Least Concerned. They hunt smaller prey such as rodents and are diurnal. Although a common Kite species, they are not as commonly seen in the urban locations.<br />
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Black Shouldered Kite (Elanus Axillaris)

This beautiful bird can be easily confused with Shikra if not taken a closer look. It belongs to a common species of Kite and the conversation status is Least Concerned. They hunt smaller prey such as rodents and are diurnal. Although a common Kite species, they are not as commonly seen in the urban locations.

On the bottom, right hand side of picture, we can see a Myna resting.

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The Black-shouldered Kite or Australian Black-shouldered Kite is a small raptor found in open habitat throughout Australia and resembles similar species found in Africa, Eurasia and North America, which have in the past also been named as Black-shouldered Kites. Measuring 35–38 cm in length with a wingspan of 80–95 cm, the adult Black-shouldered Kite is a small and graceful, predominantly pale grey and white, raptor with black shoulders and red eyes.

Similar species: Diurnal Birds Of Prey
Species identified by Avinash Krishnamurthy
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By Avinash Krishnamurthy

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Uploaded Mar 14, 2018. Captured Mar 11, 2018 05:12 in Unnamed Road, Native, Byatha, Karnataka 560089, India.
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark III
  • f/6.7
  • 1/1500s
  • ISO500
  • 600mm