Square-tailed Kite

Did you know?

Does not eat carrion.

Calls
Yelping, yeep, yeep, yeep. Also squealing ee ee ee ee
Facts and Figures
Research Species: 
No
Minimum Size: 
50cm
Maximum Size: 
55cm
Average size: 
53cm
Average weight: 
568g
Breeding season: 
Aug - Dec
Incubation: 
37 days
74 days
Nestling Period: 
63 days
Conservation Status
Associated Plants
Basic Information
Scientific Name: 
Atlas Number: 
230
What does it look like?
Description: 

Slim bodied, with narrow head, and sharp cornered, square cut tail. Distinctive white face. Often seen circling above tree tops. Wings set well forward, with deep fingered outer wing. Tail is twisted in flight.

Similar species: 

Black-breasted Buzzard

Where does it live?
Distribution: 

Sparsely distributed and mainly coastal and sub-coastal, but not in deserts. Widespread over the whole of Australia. But not in the Central inlands or deserts

Habitat: 

Forested woodlands of tropical and sub tropical Australia. Absent in alpine areas.

Seasonal movements: 

Spring, Summer migration to south east, south west, and east for breeding. Nothern migration during the non-breeding season

What does it do?
Feeding: 

Attacks birds in trees and nests, including chicks. Insects, occassionally small mammals and lizards.

Breeding: 

Nests are predominatly sticks lined with green eucalyptus leaves. Usually nests nearby water. August to December. 2 - 3 eggs, both male and female incubate. Male brings most of the food, with the female feeding the chicks.

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