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    White-tailed Kite

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    White-tailed Kite

    Elanus leucurus
    • ORDER: Accipitriformes
    • FAMILY: Accipitridae
    Basic Description

    A medium-sized raptor of open grasslands and savannas, the White-tailed Kite is readily identified by its bright plumage and its habit of hovering while hunting for small mammals.

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    Other Names
    • Milano Cola Blanca (Spanish)
    • √Članion √† queue blanche (French)
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