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2008-07-15 03:00:21

Rare Everglade snail kite nests found in Florida's Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, conservationists said. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service said they are the first snail kite nests found in the area in a decade, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported Monday.

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2006-02-28 18:14:02

The Red Kite (Milvus milvus) is a medium to large bird of prey in the family Accipitridae. It is a European species found in the milder parts of its range, but birds from northern and central Europe winter further south and west. During the Middle Ages, this bird was more widespread than it is now. Their scavenging habits made them the refuse collectors of the day. Their numbers have now decreased due to illegal persecution and poisoning. Rumors spread amongst the farming community that...

2006-02-27 17:52:19

The Swallow-tailed Kite (Elanus forficatus) is an elanid kite found in southern North America to northern South America. It was formerly named Falco forficatus. Physical description The species is around 55 to 65 cm in length, with a wingspan of approximately 1.3 m. Individuals of both sexes appear similar. The body is contrasting black and white. The flight feathers, tail, feet, bill are all black. Another characteristic is the forked tail, hence the name swallow-tailed. Juveniles are...

2006-02-27 17:27:43

The White-tailed Kite (Elanus leucurus) is an elanid kite found in western North America as well as parts of South America. It was formerly known as the Black-shouldered Kite. The earliest name for this bird was the White-tailed Kite, and it was given the systematic name Elanus leucurus. However, there was debate that it was a subspecies of a European and African species (Elanus caeruleus) -, at the time known as the Black-shouldered Kite (see, for example, Parkes, 1958), and therefore the...

2006-02-27 16:04:26

The Black-shouldered Kite (Elanus axillaris) is a small raptor found in open habitat throughout Australia. Like all the elanid kites, it is a expert predator of rodents, its favorite prey. The name "Black-shouldered Kite" was formerly used for a European and African species (Elanus caeruleus). The Australian bird (and also a North American species, the White-tailed Kite Elanus leucurus) were treated as subspecies of this. However the three species are now regarded as separate and the name...

2006-02-27 15:54:07

The Black-winged Kite (Elanus caeruleus) is a small bird of prey in the family Accipitridae. It prefers mainly open land and semi-deserts in sub-Saharan Africa and tropical Asia, but it also has a foothold in Europe in Spain. It prefers its prey live and will take small mammals, birds and insects. The slow hunting flight is like that of a harrier, but it can and will hover like a Kestrel. This unmistakable bird has a white head with a black "mask", and white underparts except for...

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Word of the Day
  • Any of various tropical Old World birds of the family Indicatoridae, some species of which lead people or animals to the nests of wild honeybees. The birds eat the wax and larvae that remain after the nest has been destroyed for its honey.
Honeyguide birds have even been known to eat candles.