black-shouldered kite (Elanus axillaris), letter-winged kite (Elanus scriptus)
G.J. Broinowski, Fecit
I. ELANUS AXILLARIS. Black-shouldered Kite.
2. ELANUS SCRIPTUS (Gould). Letter-winged Kite.
Author Broinowski, Gracius J. (Gracius Joseph Broinowski) (1837 – 1913)
Full title The birds of Australia,
BHL Page URL http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/page/43601651
The black-shouldered kite (Elanus axillaris), Australian black-shouldered kite, or simply Australian kite, is a small raptor found in open habitat throughout Australia. It resembles similar species found in Africa, Eurasia and North America, including the black-winged kite, a species that has in the past also been called "black-shouldered kite".
The letter-winged kite (Elanus scriptus) is a small, rare and irruptive Australian raptor with a core range in central Australia. The adult is a small and graceful, predominantly pale grey and white, bird with black shoulders and red eyes.