Juvenile BLACK WING KITE (Elanus caeruleus) ©Jack/eq.edu.au
The Black-winged Kite is a small diurnal bird of prey in the family Accipitridae best known for its habit of hovering over open grasslands in the manner of the much-smaller kestrels.
It is a species primarily of open land and semi-deserts in sub-Saharan Africa and tropical Asia, but it has a foothold in Europe in Spain and Portugal. The species range appears to be expanding in southern Europe and possible in West Asia.
The prey include grasshoppers, crickets and other large insects, lizards and rodents. Injured birds, small snakes and frogs have also been recorded. The slow hunting flight is like a harrier, but it will hover like a Kestrel. Favourite perches are used for hunting and for feeding but large prey may sometimes be handled on the ground.
These birds roost communally with groups of 15 to 35 (larger numbers in Europe) converging at a large leafy tree. They are extremely silent and the calls recorded include a high-pitched squeal or a soft whistle. They call mainly during the breeding season.
Fact Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black-winged_Kite
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