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|Black-shouldered kite (Elanus axillaris)|
Elanus is a genus of bird of prey in the elanine kite subfamily. It was introduced by the French zoologist Jules-César Savigny in 1809 with the black-winged kite (Elanus caeruleus) as the type species. The name is from the Ancient Greek elanos for a "kite".
The genus contains four species:
|Image||Common Name||Scientific name[a]||Distribution|
|Black-winged kite||Elanus caeruleus
|Iberian Peninsula, Africa, Indomalaya and New Guinea|
|Black-shouldered kite||Elanus axillaris
|White-tailed kite||Elanus leucurus
|Letter-winged kite||Elanus scriptus
These are white and grey raptors of open country, with black wing markings and a short square tail. They hunt by slowly quartering the habitat for rodents and other small mammals, birds and insects, sometimes hovering like a kestrel.
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