Hawks and Eagles (Accipitridae)

White-tailed Kite (Elanus leucurus) - HBW 2, p. 115

French: Élanion à queue blanche German: Weißschwanzaar Spanish: Elanio Maromero

Taxonomy: Milvus leucurus Vieillot, 1818, Paraguay.
Forms superspecies with E. caeruleus and E. axillaris; these three sometimes considered a single species, but morphology and behavioural differences support specific status for E. leucurus. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • majusculus Bangs & Penard, 1920 - W & S USA (from Oregon to C Florida, occasionally to South Carolina) and N Mexico; also most of Central America (race uncertain).
  • leucurus (Vieillot, 1818) - Panama, S through Amazonia to C Argentina (Mendoza and Buenos Aires) and C Chile (Valdivia).