Black-winged Kite (Black-shouldered Kite) Elanus caeruleus

A beautiful species that in Europe is restricted to Iberia and the neighbouring regions of France. Despite one or two reports there are no accepted records in the UK yet, but vagrancy appears to be increasing elsewhere in northern Europe and it seems likely that we will not have to wait very much longer before there's a confirmed sighting this side of the English Channel.

The first photos below are from the small European population but the remainder are from Africa where this species is much more widespread.

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Black-winged Kite, Ponta da Erva (near Lisbon, Portugal), 20th April 2006

 

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Black-winged Kite, Nyika Plateau (Malawi), 6th October 2008

 

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Black-winged Kite, between Blantyre and Zomba (Malawi), 14th May 2011

 

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Black-winged Kite, Lake Chilwa (Malawi), 15th May 2011

 

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Black-winged Kite, entrance to Lengwe (Malawi), 21st May 2011

 

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Black-winged Kites, Chongoni (Malawi), 25th May 2011

 

 

Black-winged Kite, between Nyika and Rumphi (Malawi), 7th October 2008