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Black-winged Kite

Elanus axillaris (Latham, 1801)

The Black-shouldered Kite (Elanus axillaris) or Australian Black-shouldered Kite is a small raptor found in open habitat throughout Australia and resembles similar species found in Africa, Eurasia and North America, which have in the past also been named as Black-shouldered Kites. Measuring 35–38 cm (13.8–15 in) in length with a wingspan of 80–95 cm (31.5–37.4 in), the adult Black-shouldered Kite is a small and graceful, predominantly pale grey and white, raptor with black shoulders and red eyes. Their primary call is a clear whistle, uttered in flight and while hovering. Source: Wikipedia




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Order:
  Accipitriformes
Family:
  Accipitridae
Genus:
  Elanus

Scientific:
  Elanus axillaris

Citation:
  (Latham, 1801)

Reference:
  Suppl.ind.orn. p.ix

Protonym:
  Falco axillaris

Avibase ID:
  67E74DD0BE9B257F

Short link:
  https://avibase.ca/67E74DD0

Taxonomic Serial Number:
TSN: 559864

Geographic range:

  • Elanus axillaris: Open woodlands, savanna and grasslands throughout Australia
English:
Black-winged Kite
Czech:
luněc australský
German:
Australischer Gleitaar
Danish:
Australsk Blå Glente
Spanish:
Elanio Australiano
Finnish:
australianliitohaukka
French:
Élanion d'Australie
Italian:
Nibbio spallebianche
Japanese:
o-sutorariakatagurotobi
Japanese:
オーストラリアカタグロトビ
Dutch:
Australische Grijze Wouw
Norwegian:
Australglente
Norwegian Nynorsk:
Australglente
Polish:
kaniuk australijski
Portuguese:
Peneireiro-de-ombros-pretos
Russian:
Черноплечий дымчатый коршун
Slovak:
luniak striebristý
Swedish:
svartskuldrad glada
Ukrainian:
Шуліка австралійський
Chinese:
澳洲鸢


Authorities recognizing this taxonomic concept:

Avibase taxonomic concepts (current):
Black-winged Kite ( Elanus axillaris) [version 1]
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 01 (August 2013):
Black-winged Kite ( Elanus axillaris) [version 1]
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 02 (May 2014):
Black-winged Kite ( Elanus axillaris) [version 1]
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 03 (March 2015):
Black-winged Kite ( Elanus axillaris) [version 1]
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 04 (Aug 2016):
Black-winged Kite ( Elanus axillaris) [version 1]
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 05 (Jan 2017):
Black-winged Kite ( Elanus axillaris) [version 1]
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 06 (Feb 2018):
Black-winged Kite ( Elanus axillaris) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 00:
Black-shouldered Kite ( Elanus axillaris) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 01:
Black-shouldered Kite ( Elanus axillaris) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 02:
Black-shouldered Kite ( Elanus axillaris) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 03:
Black-shouldered Kite ( Elanus axillaris) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 04:
Black-shouldered Kite ( Elanus axillaris) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 05 (Jun 2012):
Black-shouldered Kite ( Elanus axillaris) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 05.1 (Oct 2012):
Black-shouldered Kite ( Elanus axillaris) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 06 (Nov 2013):
Black-shouldered Kite ( Elanus axillaris) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 06.1 (Feb 2014):
Black-shouldered Kite ( Elanus axillaris) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 07 (Jul 2014):
Black-shouldered Kite ( Elanus axillaris) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 08 (Oct 2015):
Black-shouldered Kite ( Elanus axillaris) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 09 (Dec 2016):
Black-shouldered Kite ( Elanus axillaris) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 09.1 (Jun 2017):
Black-shouldered Kite ( Elanus axillaris) [version 1]
HBW and BirdLife Taxonomic Checklist v2 (Dec 2017):
Black-shouldered Kite ( Elanus axillaris) [version 1]
HBW and BirdLife Taxonomic Checklist v3 (Nov 2018):
Black-shouldered Kite ( Elanus axillaris) [version 1]
Christidis and Boles (2008): Systematics and Taxonomy of Australian Birds:
Black-shouldered Kite ( Elanus axillaris)
Commission internationale pour les noms français des oiseaux (1993, révision 2009):
Élanion d'Australie ( Elanus axillaris) [version 1]
Commission internationale pour les noms français des oiseaux (1993):
Élanion d'Australie ( Elanus axillaris) [version 1]
Clements 1st edition:
Australian Black-shouldered Kite ( Elanus notatus) [version 1]
Clements 3rd edition:
Australian Black-shouldered Kite ( Elanus notatus) [version 1]
Clements 4th edition:
Australian Kite ( Elanus axillaris) [version 1]
Clements 5th edition (as published):
Australian Kite ( Elanus axillaris) [version 1]
Clements 5th edition (incl. 2000 revisions):
Australian Kite ( Elanus axillaris) [version 1]
Clements 5th edition (incl. 2001 revisions):
Australian Kite ( Elanus axillaris) [version 1]
Clements 5th edition (incl. 2002 revisions):
Australian Kite ( Elanus axillaris) [version 1]
Clements 5th edition (incl. 2003 revisions):
Australian Kite ( Elanus axillaris) [version 1]
Clements 5th edition (incl. 2004 revisions):
Australian Kite ( Elanus axillaris) [version 1]
Clements 5th edition (incl. 2005 revisions):
Australian Kite ( Elanus axillaris) [version 1]
Clements 6th edition:
Australian Kite ( Elanus axillaris) [version 1]
Clements 6th edition (incl. 2007 revisions):
Australian Kite ( Elanus axillaris) [version 1]
Clements 6th edition (incl. 2008 revisions):
Australian Kite ( Elanus axillaris) [version 1]
Clements 6th edition (incl. 2009 revisions):
Australian Kite ( Elanus axillaris) [version 1]
Clements 6th edition (version 6.5 incl. 2010 revisions):
Australian Kite ( Elanus axillaris) [version 1]
Clements 6th edition (version 6.6 incl. 2011 revisions):
Australian Kite ( Elanus axillaris) [version 1]
Clements 6th edition (version 6.7 incl. 2012 revisions):
Australian Kite ( Elanus axillaris) [version 1]
Clements 6th edition (version 6.8 incl. 2013 revisions):
Australian Kite ( Elanus axillaris) [version 1]
Clements 6th edition (version 6.9 incl. 2014 revisions):
Australian Kite ( Elanus axillaris) [version 1]
Clements, version 2015:
Australian Kite ( Elanus axillaris) [version 1]
Clements, version 2016:
Australian Kite ( Elanus axillaris) [version 1]
Clements, version 2017:
Australian Kite ( Elanus axillaris) [version 1]
Clements, version 2018:
Black-shouldered Kite ( Elanus axillaris) [version 1]
eBird version 1.50:
Australian Kite ( Elanus axillaris) [version 1]
eBird version 1.52:
Australian Kite ( Elanus axillaris) [version 1]
eBird version 1.53:
Australian Kite ( Elanus axillaris) [version 1]
eBird version 1.54:
Australian Kite ( Elanus axillaris) [version 1]
eBird version 1.55:
Australian Kite ( Elanus axillaris) [version 1]
eBird version 2015:
Australian Kite ( Elanus axillaris) [version 1]
eBird version 2016:
Australian Kite ( Elanus axillaris) [version 1]
eBird version 2017:
Australian Kite ( Elanus axillaris) [version 1]
eBird version 2018:
Black-shouldered Kite ( Elanus axillaris) [version 1]
Howard and Moore 2nd edition:
Australian Black-shouldered Kite ( Elanus notatus) [version 1]
Howard and Moore 2nd edition (incl. ? suppl):
Australian Black-shouldered Kite ( Elanus axillaris) [version 1]
Howard and Moore 3rd edition (as published):
Black-shouldered Kite ( Elanus axillaris) [version 1]
Howard and Moore 3rd edition (incl. corrigenda 1.2):
Black-shouldered Kite ( Elanus axillaris) [version 1]
Howard and Moore 3rd edition (incl. corrigenda 2.1):
Black-shouldered Kite ( Elanus axillaris) [version 1]
Howard and Moore 3rd edition (incl. corrigenda 3.1):
Black-shouldered Kite ( Elanus axillaris) [version 1]
Howard and Moore 3rd edition (incl. corrigenda 4):
Black-shouldered Kite ( Elanus axillaris) [version 1]
Howard and Moore 3rd edition (incl. corrigenda 5):
Black-shouldered Kite ( Elanus axillaris) [version 1]
Howard and Moore 3rd edition (incl. corrigenda 6):
Black-shouldered Kite ( Elanus axillaris) [version 1]
Howard and Moore 3rd edition (incl. corrigenda 7):
Black-shouldered Kite ( Elanus axillaris) [version 1]
Howard and Moore 3rd edition (incl. corrigenda 8):
Black-shouldered Kite ( Elanus axillaris) [version 1]
Howard and Moore 4th edition (vol. 1-2):
Black-shouldered Kite ( Elanus axillaris) [version 1]
Howard and Moore 4th edition (incl. corrigenda vol.1-2):
Black-shouldered Kite ( Elanus axillaris) [version 1]
Handbook of the Birds of the World (vol 1-16):
Australian Black-shouldered Kite ( Elanus axillaris) [version 1]
Handbook of the Birds of the World and Birdlife (Dec 2017):
Black-shouldered Kite ( Elanus axillaris) [version 1]
Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (31/01/2015):
Black-shouldered Kite ( Elanus axillaris) [version 1]
Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (03/07/2017):
Black-shouldered Kite ( Elanus axillaris) [version 1]
Handbook of the Birds of the World and Birdlife (Dec 2018):
Black-shouldered Kite ( Elanus axillaris) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 1.0:
Black-shouldered Kite ( Elanus axillaris) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 1.1:
Black-shouldered Kite ( Elanus axillaris) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 1.5:
Black-shouldered Kite ( Elanus axillaris) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 1.6:
Black-shouldered Kite ( Elanus axillaris) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 1.7:
Black-shouldered Kite ( Elanus axillaris) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 2.0:
Black-shouldered Kite ( Elanus axillaris) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 2.1:
Black-shouldered Kite ( Elanus axillaris) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 2.2:
Black-shouldered Kite ( Elanus axillaris) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 2.3:
Black-shouldered Kite ( Elanus axillaris) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 2.4:
Black-shouldered Kite ( Elanus axillaris) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 2.5:
Black-shouldered Kite ( Elanus axillaris) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 2.6:
Black-shouldered Kite ( Elanus axillaris) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 2.7:
Black-shouldered Kite ( Elanus axillaris) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 2.8:
Black-shouldered Kite ( Elanus axillaris) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 2.9:
Black-shouldered Kite ( Elanus axillaris) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 2.10:
Black-shouldered Kite ( Elanus axillaris) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 2.11:
Black-shouldered Kite ( Elanus axillaris) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 3.1:
Black-shouldered Kite ( Elanus axillaris) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 3.2:
Black-shouldered Kite ( Elanus axillaris) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 3.3:
Black-shouldered Kite ( Elanus axillaris) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 3.4:
Black-shouldered Kite ( Elanus axillaris) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 3.5:
Black-shouldered Kite ( Elanus axillaris) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 4.1:
Black-shouldered Kite ( Elanus axillaris) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 4.2:
Black-shouldered Kite ( Elanus axillaris) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 4.3:
Black-shouldered Kite ( Elanus axillaris) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 4.4:
Black-shouldered Kite ( Elanus axillaris) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 5.1:
Black-shouldered Kite ( Elanus axillaris) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 5.2:
Black-shouldered Kite ( Elanus axillaris) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 5.3:
Black-shouldered Kite ( Elanus axillaris) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 5.4:
Black-shouldered Kite ( Elanus axillaris) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 6.1:
Black-shouldered Kite ( Elanus axillaris) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 6.2:
Black-shouldered Kite ( Elanus axillaris) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 6.3:
Black-shouldered Kite ( Elanus axillaris) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 6.4:
Black-shouldered Kite ( Elanus axillaris) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 7.1:
Black-shouldered Kite ( Elanus axillaris) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 7.2:
Black-shouldered Kite ( Elanus axillaris) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 7.3:
Black-shouldered Kite ( Elanus axillaris) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 8.1:
Black-shouldered Kite ( Elanus axillaris) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 8.2:
Black-shouldered Kite ( Elanus axillaris) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 9.1:
Black-shouldered Kite ( Elanus axillaris) [version 1]
James Lee Peters:
Elanus notatus [version 1]
James Lee Peters (original):
Elanus notatus [version 1]
James Lee Peters (2nd edition):
Elanus notatus [version 1]
Sibley and Monroe (1993):
Black-shouldered Kite ( Elanus axillaris) [version 1]
Sibley and Monroe (1993, including corrections up to 1998):
Black-shouldered Kite ( Elanus axillaris) [version 1]
Sibley and Monroe 2nd edition (1996):
Black-shouldered Kite ( Elanus axillaris) [version 1]
Zoonomen - Zoological Nomenclature Resource:
Elanus axillaris [version 1]
Zoonomen - Zoological Nomenclature Resource:
Elanus axillaris [version 1]

Taxonomic status:

Species status: full species (sometimes a subspecies)

This taxon is considered a subspecies of Elanus [caeruleus, axillaris or leucurus] (sensu lato) by some authors

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Other synonyms


Catalan: Elani australià
Czech: Lunec australský, luněc australský
Danish: Australsk Blå Glente
German: Australien-Gleitaar, Australischer Gleitaar, Gleitaar
English: Australian Black-shouldered Kite, Australian Kite, Black shouldered Kite, Black-shouldered Kite, Black-winged Kite, White-tailed Kite
English (Australia): Black-shouldered Kite (Australian)
English (India): Australian Black-shouldered Kite
English (IOC): Black-shouldered Kite
Spanish: Elanio Australianao, Elanio Australiano, Elanio de hombros negros
Spanish (Spain): Elanio Australiano
Spanish (HBW): Australian Kite
Estonian: austraalia hõbehaugas
Finnish: Australianliitohaukka
French: Élanion d’Australie, Élanion d'Australie
Hebrew: דיה שחורת־כתף
Hungarian: ausztrál kuhi
Italian: Nibbio bianco australiano, Nibbio spallebianche
Japanese: katagurotobi, oasutorariakatagurotobi, o-sutorariakatagurotobi
Japanese: オアストラリアカタグロトビ, オーストラリアカタグロトビ, カタグロトビ
Scientific: Elanus axillaris, Elanus notatus, Falco axillaris
Lithuanian: Australinis palšasis peslys
Dutch: Australische Bastaardwouw, Australische Grijze Wouw
Norwegian Nynorsk: Australglente
Norwegian: Australglente
Polish: kaniuk australijski
Portuguese: Peneireiro-de-ombros-pretos
Russian: Австралийский черноплечий коршун, Черноплечий дымчатый коршун
Slovak: luniak striebristý, luniak striebristý (luniak austrálsky)
Serbian: Australijska lunja
Swedish: Australisk svartvingad glada, svartskuldrad glada
Turkish: Avustralya Ak Çaylağı
Ukrainian: Шуліка австралійський
Chinese: 澳洲鸢, 澳洲黑肩鸢
Chinese (Traditional): 黑肩鳶〔澳洲黑翅鳶〕

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