- Black-winged Kite, Elanus caeruleus
- Black-shouldered Kite, Elanus axillaris
- White-tailed Kite, Elanus leucurus
- Letter-winged Kite, Elanus scriptus
The first three species above were considered conspecific as subspecies of the Black-shouldered Kite.
These are white and grey raptors of open country, with black shoulder markings and a short square tail. They hunt by slowly quartering the habitat for rodents and other small mammals, birds and insects, sometimes hovering like a kestrel.
- Ferguson-Lees, Christie, Franklin, Mead and Burton Raptors of the World ISBN 0713680261
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