Letter-winged Kite

Elanus scriptus

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The letter-winged kite (Elanus scriptus) is a small, rare and irruptive raptor native to Australia. The adult is predominantly pale grey and white with black shoulders and red eyes. It has a highly distinctive black underwing pattern of a shallow ‘M’ or 'W' shape, seen when in flight. This distinguishes it from the otherwise similar black-shouldered kite. Roosting during the day in well-foliaged trees and hunting at night, it is the world's only fully nocturnal Accipitriformes...

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  1. (c) Ron Knight, some rights reserved (CC BY), https://www.flickr.com/photos/sussexbirder/8079584163/
  2. (c) Wikipedia, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elanus_scriptus

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