French: Élanion naucler German: Schwalbenschwanzaar Spanish: Elanio golondrina
Other common names:
African Swallow-tailed Kite
S Mauritania and Senegambia E to Ethiopia and Somalia, and S to NE Uganda and Kenya (in extreme E part of range breeds only in Ethiopia and locally in Kenya).
33–38 cm; one fat individual 110 g; wingspan 68–76 cm. Tern-like in flight, and in coloration and elongate outer tail feathers, with black bar across underwing-... read more
Only vocalizes frequently during breeding season, when gives rapid chittering, rasping and whistled... read more
Arid sub-Saharan steppe and scrub savanna, usually in areas with Acacia scrub when... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly insects (including locusts, termites and ants) and arachnids; takes more lizards and rodents in breeding season. Study at roosting... read more
Laying May–Aug in W Africa, but Dec–Feb in Senegal; Mar–Jun, Aug in N Kenya, and Mar–Apr in Ethiopia. Builds small... read more
Performs regular movements, but extent varies annually. In W Africa, moves S in Nov at start of dry... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). CITES II. Little studied; status difficult to assess owing to nomadic habits. May be locally common at times, but vulnerable to... read more
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