Alice Springs Fauna •

Birds in Alice SpringsBabblers Black-faced Cuckooshrike Brown Falcon Rainbow Bee-eater Sacred Kingfisher Wedge-tailed Eagle Western Bowerbird Whistling Kite

The Whistling Kite (Haliastur sphenurus) has a striking call, and get their name from its loud whistling call that starts from a clear whistle, then descends down the scale, and is followed by an up-scale staccato chatter.

It is a medium-sized day time raptor it is often seen up in the skies above Alice Springs. The female are larger and heavier in build to the male.

Whistling Kite (Haliastur sphenurus)
Whistling Kite (Haliastur sphenurus), Alice Springs Sewage Ponds, NT
Juvenile Whistling Kite (Haliastur sphenurus)
Juvenile Whistling Kite (Haliastur sphenurus), Alice Springs Sewage Ponds, NT
Immature Whistling Kite (Haliastur sphenurus)
Immature Whistling Kite (Haliastur sphenurus), Alice Springs Sewage Ponds, NT
Juvenile Whistling Kite (Haliastur sphenurus) by Dorothy Latimer
Juvenile Whistling Kite (Haliastur sphenurus), Alice Springs NT

Checkout our Birds section for more info on the Whistling Kite (Haliastur sphenurus).


  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Aves
  • Order: Accipitriformes
  • Family: Accipitridae
  • Genus: Haliastur
  • Species: H. sphenurus
  • Binomial name: Haliastur sphenurus

Birds in Alice SpringsBabblers Black-faced Cuckooshrike Brown Falcon Rainbow Bee-eater Sacred Kingfisher Wedge-tailed Eagle Western Bowerbird Whistling Kite

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