Common Black-shouldered Kite (Elanus caeruleus) - HBW 2, p. 115
French: Élanion blanc
Spanish: Elanio Común
Other common names: Black-shouldered/Black-winged Kite
Taxonomy: Falco caeruleus Desfontaines, 1789, Algiers.
Genus closely related to Chelictinia. Forms superspecies with E. leucurus and E. axillaris, and all three sometimes considered conspecific. Race hypoleucus has been considered separate species. Birds of Sumatra have been awarded separate race, sumatranus, but validity doubtful. Four subspecies normally recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- caeruleus (Desfontaines, 1789) - SW Iberian Peninsula, most of Africa and SW Arabia.
- vociferus (Latham, 1790) - Pakistan E to S & E China, Indochina and Malay Peninsula.
- hypoleucus Gould, 1859 - Sumatra, Java, Borneo, Philippines, Sulawesi, Kalao and Lesser Sundas.
- wahgiensis Mayr & Gilliard, 1954 - New Guinea.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 38 videos
Apareamiento de elanio azul – (Elanus caeruleus) mating Locality Ciudad Real, Castile-La Mancha, Spain
Luis Miguel Ruiz Gordón 1 April 2005 1 year ago 32 sec 4.9
Adult birds male & female and mating with calls Locality Jaipur District, Rajasthan, India
RAM GOPAL SONI 1 May 2006 5 years ago 18 sec 4.8
Two adults mating. Locality Taichung City, Taiwan (ssp vociferus)
kun chin chung 25 November 2011 3 years ago 1 min 25 sec 4.7
north goa Locality Goa, India
filmingnature 2 years ago 20 sec 4.6
Pair feeding on a rat Locality Jaipur District, Rajasthan, India (ssp vociferus)
RAM GOPAL SONI 1 July 2006 5 years ago 42 sec 4.6
An adult bird in a high tree eating a Golden Bush Rat Locality Gujarat, India (ssp vociferus)
Ron Hoff 7 February 2008 7 years ago 38 sec 4.5
PhotosSee all 124 photos
A bird perched.
Locality Cádiz, Andalucia, Spain (ssp caeruleus)
Andres Miguel Dominguez 15 April 2010 1 year ago 4.8
Adult bird sitting on power-line
Locality Jaffna, Northern Province, Sri Lanka
GunnarPettersson 16 December 2012 19 weeks ago 4.8
Adult sitting on Acacia
Locality Ngorongoro Crater, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Serengeti, Tanzania
GunnarPettersson 26 November 2011 21 weeks ago 4.7
Common Black-shouldered Kite ( Juv ) on Road-side Tree
Locality Ahmedabad District, Gujarat, India
Manish Panchal 6 November 2013 22 weeks ago 4.7
With his kill
Locality Arakhiya Farm, Al Rayyan, Qatar
John A Thompson 14 September 2011 3 years ago 4.6
Sitting on a pole
Locality Dwarka, Delhi, India (ssp vociferus)
siddhartha 9 December 2013 1 year ago 4.6