ID Help - Square-tailed Black Kite?

To: Harry Nyström <>, <>
Subject: ID Help - Square-tailed Black Kite?
From: "Mike Carter" <>
Date: Thu, 21 Mar 2013 11:28:11 +1100
Interesting that this should come up now as we have just been discussing an instance from last weekend where these two species were confused. In that case my initial impression was that the bird photographed in flight, a dorsal view, was a Black Kite but in spite of short wings thought the perched bird was probably a Square-tailed Kite due to its rufous underparts. Both were shown to be Black Kite! So to see if I've learnt from that experience this bird is definitely NOT a Square-tailed Kite but neither is it a Black Kite. As others have said, it is a dark morph Little Eagle.

Mike Carter
30 Canadian Bay Road
Mount Eliza  VIC 3930
Tel  (03) 9787 7136

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