Birds of Morni: Black-winged Kite

Black-winged Kite (Elanus caeruleus) a small bird of prey with long falcon-like wings is grey with white underparts and black shoulder patches, wing tips and eye stripe. The face is owl like with forward facing eyes and red iris. The tail is short and square and not forked as is typical of kites.The bird is seen hovering over open grasslands/ hill slopes as it searches for prey which includes grasshoppers, crickets and other large insects, lizards, frogs and rodents. It roosts communally in large leafy trees.

Black-winged Kite, Aasrewali-Bunga road
Black-winged Kite, Aasrewali-Bunga road
Black-winged Kite, Mandana

 

Black-winged Kite in flight
Black-winged Kite on the hunt
Black-winged Kite on the hunt