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Scissor-tailed Kite

Chelictinia riocourii Temminck, 1821

The Scissor-tailed Kite or African Swallow-tailed Kite (Chelictinia riocourii) is the representative of the monotypic genus Chelictinia in the Accipitridae family. It is widespread in Africa, including: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Ivory Coast, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Somalia, Sudan, Togo, Uganda, and is also found in Yemen. Source: Wikipedia




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Order:
  Accipitriformes
Family:
  Accipitridae
Genus:
  Chelictinia

Scientific:
  Chelictinia riocourii

Citation:
  Temminck, 1821

Reference:
  Pl.Col. livr.15 wrapper,pl.83,text

Protonym:
  Elanoides riocourii

Avibase ID:
  22832FF4C1180B06

Short link:
  https://avibase.ca/22832FF4

Taxonomic Serial Number:
TSN: 559183

Geographic range:

  • Chelictinia riocourii: Savanna of sub-Saharan Africa
English:
Scissor-tailed Kite
Czech:
luněc vidloocasý
German:
Schwalbenschwanzaar
Danish:
Svaleglente
Spanish:
Elanio Golondrina
Finnish:
afrikansirohaukka
French:
Élanion naucler
Icelandic:
Klaufgleða
Italian:
Nibbio codaforbice
Japanese:
afurikatsubametobi
Japanese:
アフリカツバメトビ
Dutch:
Afrikaanse Zwaluwstaartwouw
Norwegian:
Sakseglente
Norwegian Nynorsk:
Sakseglente
Polish:
kaniuk dlugosterny
Portuguese:
Peneireiro-rabo-de-andorinha
Russian:
Африканский дымчатый коршун
Slovak:
luniak vidlochvostý
Swedish:
svalglada
Ukrainian:
Шуліка вилохвостий
Chinese:
剪尾鸢


Authorities recognizing this taxonomic concept:

African Bird Club Checklist 2004:
African Swallow-tailed Kite ( Chelictinia riocourii)
African Bird Club Checklist August 2005:
African Swallow-tailed Kite ( Chelictinia riocourii)
African Bird Club Checklist March 2007:
African Swallow-tailed Kite ( Chelictinia riocourii)
African Bird Club Checklist January 2008:
African Swallow-tailed Kite ( Chelictinia riocourii)
African Bird Club Checklist May 2009:
African Swallow-tailed Kite ( Chelictinia riocourii)
African Bird Club Checklist March 2010:
African Swallow-tailed Kite ( Chelictinia riocourii)
Avibase taxonomic concepts (current):
Scissor-tailed Kite ( Chelictinia riocourii)
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 01 (August 2013):
Scissor-tailed Kite ( Chelictinia riocourii)
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 02 (May 2014):
Scissor-tailed Kite ( Chelictinia riocourii)
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 03 (March 2015):
Scissor-tailed Kite ( Chelictinia riocourii)
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 04 (Aug 2016):
Scissor-tailed Kite ( Chelictinia riocourii)
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 05 (Jan 2017):
Scissor-tailed Kite ( Chelictinia riocourii)
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 06 (Feb 2018):
Scissor-tailed Kite ( Chelictinia riocourii)
Birdlife checklist version 00:
African Swallow-tailed Kite ( Chelictinia riocourii)
Birdlife checklist version 01:
African Swallow-tailed Kite ( Chelictinia riocourii)
Birdlife checklist version 02:
African Swallow-tailed Kite ( Chelictinia riocourii)
Birdlife checklist version 03:
African Swallow-tailed Kite ( Chelictinia riocourii)
Birdlife checklist version 04:
African Swallow-tailed Kite ( Chelictinia riocourii)
Birdlife checklist version 05 (Jun 2012):
African Swallow-tailed Kite ( Chelictinia riocourii)
Birdlife checklist version 05.1 (Oct 2012):
African Swallow-tailed Kite ( Chelictinia riocourii)
Birdlife checklist version 06 (Nov 2013):
African Swallow-tailed Kite ( Chelictinia riocourii)
Birdlife checklist version 06.1 (Feb 2014):
African Swallow-tailed Kite ( Chelictinia riocourii)
Birdlife checklist version 07 (Jul 2014):
Scissor-tailed Kite ( Chelictinia riocourii)
Birdlife checklist version 08 (Oct 2015):
Scissor-tailed Kite ( Chelictinia riocourii)
Birdlife checklist version 09 (Dec 2016):
Scissor-tailed Kite ( Chelictinia riocourii)
Birdlife checklist version 09.1 (Jun 2017):
Scissor-tailed Kite ( Chelictinia riocourii)
HBW and BirdLife Taxonomic Checklist v2 (Dec 2017):
Scissor-tailed Kite ( Chelictinia riocourii)
HBW and BirdLife Taxonomic Checklist v3 (Nov 2018):
Scissor-tailed Kite ( Chelictinia riocourii)
Commission internationale pour les noms français des oiseaux (1993, révision 2009):
Élanion naucler ( Chelictinia riocourii)
Commission internationale pour les noms français des oiseaux (1993):
Élanion naucler ( Chelictinia riocourii)
Clements 1st edition:
African Swallow-tailed Kite ( Chelictinia riocourii)
Clements 3rd edition:
African Swallow-tailed Kite ( Chelictinia riocourii)
Clements 4th edition:
Scissor-tailed Kite ( Chelictinia riocourii)
Clements 5th edition (as published):
Scissor-tailed Kite ( Chelictinia riocourii)
Clements 5th edition (incl. 2000 revisions):
Scissor-tailed Kite ( Chelictinia riocourii)
Clements 5th edition (incl. 2001 revisions):
Scissor-tailed Kite ( Chelictinia riocourii)
Clements 5th edition (incl. 2002 revisions):
Scissor-tailed Kite ( Chelictinia riocourii)
Clements 5th edition (incl. 2003 revisions):
Scissor-tailed Kite ( Chelictinia riocourii)
Clements 5th edition (incl. 2004 revisions):
Scissor-tailed Kite ( Chelictinia riocourii)
Clements 5th edition (incl. 2005 revisions):
Scissor-tailed Kite ( Chelictinia riocourii)
Clements 6th edition:
Scissor-tailed Kite ( Chelictinia riocourii)
Clements 6th edition (incl. 2007 revisions):
Scissor-tailed Kite ( Chelictinia riocourii)
Clements 6th edition (incl. 2008 revisions):
Scissor-tailed Kite ( Chelictinia riocourii)
Clements 6th edition (incl. 2009 revisions):
Scissor-tailed Kite ( Chelictinia riocourii)
Clements 6th edition (version 6.5 incl. 2010 revisions):
Scissor-tailed Kite ( Chelictinia riocourii)
Clements 6th edition (version 6.6 incl. 2011 revisions):
Scissor-tailed Kite ( Chelictinia riocourii)
Clements 6th edition (version 6.7 incl. 2012 revisions):
Scissor-tailed Kite ( Chelictinia riocourii)
Clements 6th edition (version 6.8 incl. 2013 revisions):
Scissor-tailed Kite ( Chelictinia riocourii)
Clements 6th edition (version 6.9 incl. 2014 revisions):
Scissor-tailed Kite ( Chelictinia riocourii)
Clements, version 2015:
Scissor-tailed Kite ( Chelictinia riocourii)
Clements, version 2016:
Scissor-tailed Kite ( Chelictinia riocourii)
Clements, version 2017:
Scissor-tailed Kite ( Chelictinia riocourii)
Clements, version 2018:
Scissor-tailed Kite ( Chelictinia riocourii)
eBird version 1.50:
Scissor-tailed Kite ( Chelictinia riocourii)
eBird version 1.52:
Scissor-tailed Kite ( Chelictinia riocourii)
eBird version 1.53:
Scissor-tailed Kite ( Chelictinia riocourii)
eBird version 1.54:
Scissor-tailed Kite ( Chelictinia riocourii)
eBird version 1.55:
Scissor-tailed Kite ( Chelictinia riocourii)
eBird version 2015:
Scissor-tailed Kite ( Chelictinia riocourii)
eBird version 2016:
Scissor-tailed Kite ( Chelictinia riocourii)
eBird version 2017:
Scissor-tailed Kite ( Chelictinia riocourii)
eBird version 2018:
Scissor-tailed Kite ( Chelictinia riocourii)
Howard and Moore 2nd edition:
Scissor-tailed Kite ( Chelictinia riocourii)
Howard and Moore 2nd edition (incl. ? suppl):
Scissor-tailed Kite ( Chelictinia riocourii)
Howard and Moore 3rd edition (as published):
Scissor-tailed Kite ( Chelictinia riocourii)
Howard and Moore 3rd edition (incl. corrigenda 1.2):
Scissor-tailed Kite ( Chelictinia riocourii)
Howard and Moore 3rd edition (incl. corrigenda 2.1):
Scissor-tailed Kite ( Chelictinia riocourii)
Howard and Moore 3rd edition (incl. corrigenda 3.1):
Scissor-tailed Kite ( Chelictinia riocourii)
Howard and Moore 3rd edition (incl. corrigenda 4):
Scissor-tailed Kite ( Chelictinia riocourii)
Howard and Moore 3rd edition (incl. corrigenda 5):
Scissor-tailed Kite ( Chelictinia riocourii)
Howard and Moore 3rd edition (incl. corrigenda 6):
Scissor-tailed Kite ( Chelictinia riocourii)
Howard and Moore 3rd edition (incl. corrigenda 7):
Scissor-tailed Kite ( Chelictinia riocourii)
Howard and Moore 3rd edition (incl. corrigenda 8):
Scissor-tailed Kite ( Chelictinia riocourii)
Howard and Moore 4th edition (vol. 1-2):
Scissor-tailed Kite ( Chelictinia riocourii)
Howard and Moore 4th edition (incl. corrigenda vol.1-2):
Scissor-tailed Kite ( Chelictinia riocourii)
Handbook of the Birds of the World (vol 1-16):
African Swallow-tailed Kite ( Chelictinia riocourii)
Handbook of the Birds of the World and Birdlife (Dec 2017):
Scissor-tailed Kite ( Chelictinia riocourii)
Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (31/01/2015):
Scissor-tailed Kite ( Chelictinia riocourii)
Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (03/07/2017):
Scissor-tailed Kite ( Chelictinia riocourii)
Handbook of the Birds of the World and Birdlife (Dec 2018):
Scissor-tailed Kite ( Chelictinia riocourii)
IOC World Bird Names, version 1.0:
Scissor-tailed Kite ( Chelictinia riocourii)
IOC World Bird Names, version 1.1:
Scissor-tailed Kite ( Chelictinia riocourii)
IOC World Bird Names, version 1.5:
Scissor-tailed Kite ( Chelictinia riocourii)
IOC World Bird Names, version 1.6:
Scissor-tailed Kite ( Chelictinia riocourii)
IOC World Bird Names, version 1.7:
Scissor-tailed Kite ( Chelictinia riocourii)
IOC World Bird Names, version 2.0:
Scissor-tailed Kite ( Chelictinia riocourii)
IOC World Bird Names, version 2.1:
Scissor-tailed Kite ( Chelictinia riocourii)
IOC World Bird Names, version 2.2:
Scissor-tailed Kite ( Chelictinia riocourii)
IOC World Bird Names, version 2.3:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 2.4:
Scissor-tailed Kite ( Chelictinia riocourii)
IOC World Bird Names, version 2.5:
Scissor-tailed Kite ( Chelictinia riocourii)
IOC World Bird Names, version 2.6:
Scissor-tailed Kite ( Chelictinia riocourii)
IOC World Bird Names, version 2.7:
Scissor-tailed Kite ( Chelictinia riocourii)
IOC World Bird Names, version 2.8:
Scissor-tailed Kite ( Chelictinia riocourii)
IOC World Bird Names, version 2.9:
Scissor-tailed Kite ( Chelictinia riocourii)
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 3.2:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 3.3:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 3.4:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 3.5:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 4.1:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 4.2:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 4.3:
Scissor-tailed Kite ( Chelictinia riocourii)
IOC World Bird Names, version 4.4:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 5.1:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 5.2:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 5.3:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 5.4:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 6.1:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 6.2:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 6.3:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 6.4:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 7.1:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 7.2:
Scissor-tailed Kite ( Chelictinia riocourii)
IOC World Bird Names, version 7.3:
Scissor-tailed Kite ( Chelictinia riocourii)
IOC World Bird Names, version 8.1:
Scissor-tailed Kite ( Chelictinia riocourii)
IOC World Bird Names, version 8.2:
Scissor-tailed Kite ( Chelictinia riocourii)
IOC World Bird Names, version 9.1:
Scissor-tailed Kite ( Chelictinia riocourii)
Morony, Bock and Farrand:
Scissor-tailed Kite ( Chelictinia riocourii)
James Lee Peters:
Chelictinia riocourii
James Lee Peters (original):
Chelictinia riocourii
James Lee Peters (2nd edition):
Chelictinia riocourii
Sibley and Monroe (1993):
Scissor-tailed Kite ( Chelictinia riocourii)
Sibley and Monroe (1993, including corrections up to 1998):
Scissor-tailed Kite ( Chelictinia riocourii)
Sibley and Monroe 2nd edition (1996):
Scissor-tailed Kite ( Chelictinia riocourii)
Zoonomen - Zoological Nomenclature Resource:
Chelictinia riocourii
Zoonomen - Zoological Nomenclature Resource:
Chelictinia riocourii

Taxonomic status:

Species status: full species

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Other synonyms


Catalan: Elani de cua forcada
Czech: Lunec vidloocasý, luněc vidloocasý
Danish: Svaleglente
German: Schwalbens Schwanzaar, Schwalbenschwanzaar, Schwalbenschwanz-Aar
English: African Swallow-tailed Kite, Fork-tailed Kite, Scissor-tailed Kite, Swallow-tailed Kite
English (IOC): Scissor-tailed Kite
English (Kenya): African Swallow-tailed Kite
Spanish: Elanio Golondrina
Spanish (Spain): Elanio Golondrina
Spanish (HBW): Scissor-tailed Kite
Estonian: sirehaugas
Finnish: afrikansirohaukka, amerikansirohaukka, Sirohaukka
French: Élanion naucler, Milan de Riocour, Naucler d'Afrique
Hebrew: דיה אפריקאית חדת זנב
Hungarian: ollósfarkú kánya
Icelandic: Klaufgleða
Italian: Nibbio codadifrobice, Nibbio codaforbice
Japanese: afurikatsubametobi
Japanese: アフリカツバメトビ
Scientific: Chelictinia riocourii, Elanoides riocourii
Lithuanian: Afrikinis kregždinis peslys, Afrikinis peslys
Latvian: bezdelīgklīja
Dutch: Afrikaanse Zwaluwstaartwouw
Norwegian Nynorsk: Sakseglente
Norwegian: Sakseglente
Polish: kaniuk dlugosterny, kaniuk długosterny
Portuguese: Peneireiro-rabo-de-andorinha
Russian: Африканский дымчатый коршун, Африканский коршун-ласточка, Коршун-Ласточка
Slovak: Luniak vidlochvostý
Serbian: Makazorepa lunja
Swedish: Svalglada
Swahili: Mwewe Kizelele
Turkish: çatal kuyruklu çaylak, Çatal-Kuyruklu Çaylak, Makas Kuyruklu Çaylak
Ukrainian: Шуліка вилохвостий
Chinese: 剪尾鸢
Chinese (Traditional): 叉尾鳶

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