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Black-winged Kite Elanus caeruleus vociferous   - Adult
Black-winged Kite
Photographer : © Amar-Singh HSS
Location :Ulu Dedap, Perak, Malaysia
Date : 7 February 2019
English synonyms:Black-shouldered Kite, Common Black-shouldered Kite, Indonesian Kite, Black-Shouldered Hawk, Blackshouldered Kite, Blue Kite, Pied Kite (hypoleucus)
Bird Family :Accipitrinae - Hawks, Bazas, Honey-buzzards, Eagles, Kites, Vultures, Harriers & Buzzards
Bird Group :CICONIIFORMES
Red Data Status :Least Concern
Remarks :Saw a number of Black-winged Kites at this site, pairs and single birds. One pair interested me as they were calling out to each other. There were other raptors, Brahminy Kites and many Harriers around, but they not could be considered intruders (not interfering or threatening), apart from me. Hence I felt the calls were a communication between the pair and were made when apart from each other. Very soon after I saw them mating. The calls were made often and without the beak opened. The calls were the classical piping whistle. An edited call recording here: https://soundcloud.com/amar-singh-hss/black-winged-kite-elanus-caeruleus-vociferus-calls I also saw one of the birds foraging by aerial-quartering hovering above the dry paid fields looking for prey and making a fast drop to capture it. Hard to show this on static images (composite images in Post 3, taken 7.30am) and a gif-video (no time for conventional video) here: https://youtu.be/euw94yb6d3c
-Amar
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