Whistling Kite Haliastur sphenurus

Common Name: Whistling Kite

Scientific Name: Haliastur sphenurus

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Distribution and habitat: Whistling Kites are found all over Australia. They live in woodlands, open country and wetlands.

Feeding: A Whistling Kite eats insects, fishes, birds, mammals and dead animals. It soars above the ground, trees and water when searching for food.

Breeding: Whistling Kites breed from July to January in the south and from March to October in the north. Both parents build a stick nest in a tall tree. The female lays 1 – 3 eggs. The chicks hatch after 38 days and leave the nest after 46 days.

Did you know? If there is plenty of food, Whistling Kites can breed two or three times a year.

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