White-tailed Kite (Elanus leucurus) at Karasabai (Photo by Kester Clarke www.kesterclarke.net)

The White-tailed Kite (Elanus leucurus) is a small raptor found in western North America and parts of South America.

Mainly white underneath, it has black wingtips and shoulders.

White-tailed Kites feed principally on rodents, and they are readily seen patrolling or hovering over lowland scrub or grassland. They rarely if ever eat other birds.

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