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Letter-winged Kite

Elanus scriptus Gould, 1842

The Letter-winged Kite (Elanus scriptus) is a small, rare and irruptive Australian raptor with a core range in central Australia. The adult is a small and graceful, predominantly pale grey and white, raptor with black shoulders and red eyes. It is similar in appearance to the Black-shouldered Kite except for a very distinctive black underwing pattern of a shallow ‘M’ shape, seen when in flight. Roosting during the day in well-foliaged trees and hunting at night, it is the world's only fully nocturnal raptor. Like all the elanid kites, it is a specialist predator of rodents, which it hunts by hovering in mid-air above grasslands and fields. Source: Wikipedia




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Order:
  Accipitriformes
Family:
  Accipitridae
Genus:
  Elanus

Scientific:
  Elanus scriptus

Citation:
  Gould, 1842

Reference:
  PZS Pt10 no.113 p.80

Protonym:
  Elanus scriptus

Avibase ID:
  468F7841C0AC3AD5

Short link:
  https://avibase.ca/468F7841

Taxonomic Serial Number:
TSN: 175287


NEAR THREATENED

Geographic range:

  • Elanus scriptus: Interior of Australia; disperses irregularly to coasts
English:
Letter-winged Kite
Czech:
luněc černoramenný
German:
Schwarzachselaar
Danish:
Sortbåndet Glente
Spanish:
Elanio Escrito
Finnish:
yöliitohaukka
French:
Élanion lettré
Icelandic:
Stafgleða
Italian:
Nibbio scritto
Japanese:
kuroobitobi
Japanese:
クロオビトビ
Dutch:
Letterwouw
Norwegian:
Skriftglente
Norwegian Nynorsk:
Skriftglente
Polish:
kaniuk stepowy
Portuguese:
Peneireiro-de-asas-cinzentas
Russian:
Буквокрылый дымчатый коршун
Slovak:
luniak popolavý
Swedish:
nattglada
Ukrainian:
Шуліка чорнокрилий
Chinese:
纹翅鸢


Authorities recognizing this taxonomic concept:

Avibase taxonomic concepts (current):
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Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 01 (August 2013):
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Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 02 (May 2014):
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Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 03 (March 2015):
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Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 04 (Aug 2016):
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Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 05 (Jan 2017):
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Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 06 (Feb 2018):
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Birdlife checklist version 00:
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Birdlife checklist version 04:
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Birdlife checklist version 05 (Jun 2012):
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Birdlife checklist version 05.1 (Oct 2012):
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Birdlife checklist version 06 (Nov 2013):
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Birdlife checklist version 06.1 (Feb 2014):
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Birdlife checklist version 07 (Jul 2014):
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Birdlife checklist version 08 (Oct 2015):
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Birdlife checklist version 09 (Dec 2016):
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Birdlife checklist version 09.1 (Jun 2017):
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HBW and BirdLife Taxonomic Checklist v2 (Dec 2017):
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HBW and BirdLife Taxonomic Checklist v3 (Nov 2018):
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Christidis and Boles (2008): Systematics and Taxonomy of Australian Birds:
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Commission internationale pour les noms français des oiseaux (1993, révision 2009):
Élanion lettré ( Elanus scriptus)
Commission internationale pour les noms français des oiseaux (1993):
Élanion lettré ( Elanus scriptus)
Clements 1st edition:
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Clements 3rd edition:
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Clements 4th edition:
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Clements 5th edition (as published):
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Clements 5th edition (incl. 2000 revisions):
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Clements 6th edition (version 6.8 incl. 2013 revisions):
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Clements 6th edition (version 6.9 incl. 2014 revisions):
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Clements, version 2015:
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Clements, version 2016:
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Clements, version 2017:
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Clements, version 2018:
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Clements, version 2019:
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eBird version 1.50:
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eBird version 2018:
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eBird version 2019:
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Howard and Moore 2nd edition:
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Howard and Moore 2nd edition (incl. ? suppl):
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Howard and Moore 3rd edition (as published):
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Howard and Moore 3rd edition (incl. corrigenda 1.2):
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Howard and Moore 3rd edition (incl. corrigenda 2.1):
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Howard and Moore 3rd edition (incl. corrigenda 4):
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Howard and Moore 3rd edition (incl. corrigenda 6):
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Howard and Moore 3rd edition (incl. corrigenda 7):
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Howard and Moore 3rd edition (incl. corrigenda 8):
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Howard and Moore 4th edition (vol. 1-2):
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Howard and Moore 4th edition (incl. corrigenda vol.1-2):
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Handbook of the Birds of the World (vol 1-16):
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Handbook of the Birds of the World and Birdlife (Dec 2017):
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Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (31/01/2015):
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Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (03/07/2017):
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Handbook of the Birds of the World and Birdlife (Dec 2018):
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IOC World Bird Names, version 1.0:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 2.10:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 2.11:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 3.1:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 8.1:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 8.2:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 9.1:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 9.2:
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Morony, Bock and Farrand:
Letter-winged Kite ( Elanus scriptus)
James Lee Peters:
Elanus scriptus
James Lee Peters (original):
Elanus scriptus
James Lee Peters (2nd edition):
Elanus scriptus
Sibley and Monroe (1993):
Letter-winged Kite ( Elanus scriptus)
Sibley and Monroe (1993, including corrections up to 1998):
Letter-winged Kite ( Elanus scriptus)
Sibley and Monroe 2nd edition (1996):
Letter-winged Kite ( Elanus scriptus)
Zoonomen - Zoological Nomenclature Resource:
Elanus scriptus
Zoonomen - Zoological Nomenclature Resource:
Elanus scriptus

Taxonomic status:

Species status: full species

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Catalan: Elani marcat
Czech: Lunec cernoramenný, luněc černoramenný
Danish: Sortbåndet Glente
German: Schwarzachselaar
English: Letter winged Kite, Letter-winged Kite, White-breasted Sparrowhawk
English (IOC): Letter-winged Kite
Spanish: Elanio Escrito
Spanish (Spain): Elanio Escrito
Spanish (HBW): Letter-winged Kite
Estonian: öö-hõbehaugas
Finnish: Yöliitohaukka
French: Élanion écrit, Élanion lettré
Hungarian: éjjeli kuhi
Icelandic: Stafgleða
Italian: Nibbio bianco alisegnate, Nibbio scritto
Japanese: kuroobitobi, ogurotobi
Japanese: オグロトビ, クロオビトビ
Scientific: Elanus sciptus, Elanus scriptus
Lithuanian: Raštuotasparnis palšasis peslys
Dutch: Letterwouw
Norwegian Nynorsk: Skriftglente
Norwegian: Skriftglente
Polish: kaniuk stepowy
Portuguese: Peneireiro-de-asas-cinzentas
Russian: Буквокрылый дымчатый коршун, Буквокрылый коршун
Slovak: luniak popolavý, Luniak striebristý
Serbian: Mala australijska lunja
Swedish: Nattglada
Turkish: Şeritli Ak Çaylak
Ukrainian: Шуліка чорнокрилий
Chinese: 纹翅鸢
Chinese (Traditional): 紋翅鳶

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