Birds of Prey

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

The juvenile Whistling Kite (Haliastur sphenurus) is a striking looking bird, with the beautiful patterned plumage on both it’s upperparts, breast and face. Visitors to Alice Springs in Central Australia should keep an eye out for these beautiful raptors, especially the juveniles with their striking plumage. These photos were taken at the Alice Springs Sewage Ponds, Central Australia, NT.

Check out the close-up photographs of our Juvenile Whistling Kite.

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

RaptorsAustralian Boobook Owl Australian Hobby Barn Owl Black-breasted Buzzard Black Falcon Black Kite Black-shouldered Kite Brown Falcon Brown Goshawk Nankeen Kestrel Peregrine Falcon Spotted Harrier Wedge-tailed Eagle Whistling Kite