PORT PHILLIP BAY


Black-shouldered Kite 

Elanus axillaris

View scientific description and taxonomy

Scientific Details

See below for information.

Taxonomy

Phylum:
Chordata
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Class:
Aves
Order:
Falconiformes
Family:
Accipitridae
Genus:
Elanus
Species:
axillaris

General Description

Upper body pale grey with black patches on the shoulders, underparts and head white. Young birds with head and neck red-brown. Body up to 40 cm long.

Biology

Black-shouldered Kites hover singly or in pairs above open pastures and fields, hunting for small rodents, reptiles and insects.

Habitat

Croplands and grasslands.

Coastal shores

Distribution guide

Mainly south-eastern Australia.

Species Group

Birds Eagles and falcons

Depth

Shore (0-1 m)

Water Column

Above surface

Max Size

40 cm

Diet

Carnivore

Commercial Species

No

Global Dispersal

Native to Australia

Conservation Status

  • DSE Advisory List : Not listed
  • EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
  • IUCN Red List : Least Concern

Author

article author Longmore, N. W.

Wayne Longmore is a Senior Collection manager of terrestrial vertebrates at Museum Victoria.

Author

article author O'Brien, R.

Rory O'Brien is a Collection Manager of terrestrial vertebrates at Museum Victoria.

citation

Cite this page as:
Longmore, N. W. & O'Brien, R., 2011, Black-shouldered Kite, Elanus axillaris, in Taxonomic Toolkit for marine life of Port Phillip Bay, Museum Victoria, accessed 18 Oct 2017, http://portphillipmarinelife.net.au:8098/species/7891

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