Elanus caeruleus   (Desfontaines,  1789) (Bird)
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Class: Aves

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Size: 33 cm

A dainty hawk, ashy grey above, white below, with a black line above the eyes and black patches on shoulders, conspicuous at rest as well as in flight. When closed, the wing tips extend beyond the short, squre, white tail.

Voice: A shrill squeal, seldom heard.

Nesting: Season- practically all year. Nest- loose, untidy, crow-like, of twigs sometimes lined with roots and grass, in small trees. Eggs- 3 or 4, yellowish white, densely blotched with brownish red.

Synonym (s)

Common Name (s)
• Black-shouldered Kite (English)
Economic Importance and Threats



• Orissa, Dhamra Port INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Nameer, PO (2005) Wetlands and waterfowl conservation in kerala with special reference to Ramsar sites kerala environment congress 2005 Centre for environment and development 97-112 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • 10,000 Birds Available at - http://10000birds.com/
  • Dutta, SK (2007) Biodiversity assessment of Dhamra port site and surrounding areas, Orissa Greenpeace India 4-38 Available at - http://www.greenpeace.org/raw/content/india/press/reports/greenpeace-biodiversity.pdf
  • Srinivasulu, C (2004) Birds of kawal wildlife sanctuary, Andhra Pradesh , India Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society 101(1) 3-25 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Ali, S (1977) The book of Indian birds Bombay Natural History Society 175 pp Available at - NIO, Goa

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