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  Whistling Kite (Haliastur sphenurus)





Whistling Kite | Haliastur sphenurus photo
Whistling Kite (Haliastur sphenurus)

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Whistling Kite | Haliastur sphenurus photo
Whistling Kite Haliastur sphenurus, calling. Mary River, Northern Territory, Australia. 8 August 2010.

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Whistling Kite | Haliastur sphenurus photo
Whistling Kite at Alice Springs Desert Park

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Whistling Kite | Haliastur sphenurus photo
Whistling Kite at Featherdale Wildlife Park, Doonside, Sydney, Australia.

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WHISTLING KITE FACTS

Description
The Whistling Kite is a medium sized bird of prey. It has light brown head and underparts, with pale streaks, and dark sandy-brown wings with paler undersides

Size
55cm, wingspan of 120 cm to 145 cm

Habitat
woodlands, open country, wetlands, farmland

Food
mammals, birds, fish and insects, also carrion

Breeding
bulky nest platform is built of sticks in a tall tree. Lays 1-3 eggs.

Range
Whistling Kites are widespread over mainland Australia



Classification
Class:Aves
Order:Falconiformes
Family:Accipitridae
Genus:Haliastur
Species:sphenurus
Common Name:Whistling Kite

Relatives in same Genus
  Brahminy Kite (H. indus)