Birds of Prey

Whistling KiteWhistling Kite – nesting Juvenile Whistling Kite Juvenile Whistling Kite in Alice Immature Whistling Kite Whistling Kite – soaring

The following photographs of an immature Whistling Kite (Haliastur sphenurus) soaring above the ponds at the Alice Springs Sewage Ponds, Central Australia, NT.

When soaring you can see their well-splayed long flight feathers. Even in the immature Whistling Kite, their underwing pattern is quite distinctive.

Images © Dorothy L


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

Whistling KiteWhistling Kite – nesting Juvenile Whistling Kite Juvenile Whistling Kite in Alice Immature Whistling Kite Whistling Kite – soaring

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